World War II bomb deactivated in central Berlin
A policeman inspects a construction site where a bomb dating back to the World War II was found in Alexanderplatz square, Berlin, Germany, June 14, 2019. EPA-EFE/ Clemens Bilan
An excavator pictured at a construction site where a bomb dating back to the World War II was found in Alexanderplatz square, Berlin, Germany, June 14, 2019. EPA-EFE/ Clemens Bilan
Berlin, Jun 15 (efe-epa).- Police explosive units on Saturday deactivated a 100-kg bomb dating back to World War II that had been found in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz square.
Police announced at 1 am GMT that they had detonated the bomb in a controlled explosion.
The bomb was found Friday evening at a construction site nearby a commercial area located in Alexanderplatz, the center of the old eastern part of the German capital.
Once found, police set up a 300-meter cordon and evacuated several shops, offices and apartments.
A total of 3,000 locals are thought to be affected by the operation in the area where the nearby roads were closed to traffic, as well as some of the metro and train lines.
In a precautionary measure, the telecommunications tower, one of the city’s main touristic attractions, was closed to the public.
Operations to deactivate bombs dropped by the Allies during World War II are relatively frequent in Germany and on some occasions prompt massive evacuations.
It is believed that there are over 3,000 explosive devices, grenades or projectiles buried in Berlin, according to the police figures released in 2017.
The biggest bomb-deactivation operation so far has been carried out in Augsburg in 2016, when 54,000 locals had to temporarily leave their houses to allow police to disable a British bomb. EFE