Friday, February 3, 2023

A WWII bomb explodes at a construction site in Munich, injuring 4 people

BERLIN (NWN) – A bomb exploded on a construction site next to a busy railway siding in Munich on Wednesday during World War II, injuring four people, one seriously, German officials said.

A plume of smoke was seen rising from the site near Donnersbergerbrücke station. The construction site for a new commuter train line is on the way to Munich Central Station, just over a kilometer (about half a mile) to the east.

Trains to and from this station, one of the busiest in Germany, were suspended but resumed in the middle of the day. Several commuter trains were evacuated. The fire department said the tracks were intact.

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Unexploded bombs are still frequently found in Germany, even 76 years after the end of the war, and often while working on construction sites. They are usually neutralized or disposed of by controlled explosions, which sometimes entail large-scale evacuation as a precautionary measure.

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said the 250-kilogram (550-pound) bomb was discovered during drilling operations, German news agency dpa reported.

Herrmann said authorities should now investigate why he was not found earlier. He noted that such construction sites are usually carefully checked in advance for possible unexploded bombs.

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