Four injured in a WWII bomb explosion at a Munich construction site – people

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Thu 2 December 2021

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Four people were injured, including one seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a construction site near Munich main station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Construction workers were digging into the ground when the bomb exploded, a firefighter spokesperson said in a statement.

The explosion was heard several kilometers away and debris scattered hundreds of meters, according to local media.

The images showed a plume of smoke rising directly beside the railroad tracks.

Rail operator Deutsche Bahn has suspended services on the affected lines.

According to firefighters, the explosion occurred near a bridge that must be crossed by all trains traveling to or from the station.

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often discovered during construction.

However, most bombs are defused by experts before detonating.

Last year, seven WWII bombs were found on the future site of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Significant bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-ton bomb in Frankfurt led to the evacuation of 65,000 people, the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.


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