Four injured after Second World War bomb explodes at Munich construction site

1 December 2021, 14:14

Firefighters, police officers and railway employees stand on a railway site in Munich, Germany (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)
Germany Explosion. Picture: PA

A column of smoke was seen rising from the site near a train station.

A Second World War bomb exploded at a construction site next to a busy railway line in Munich on Wednesday, injuring four people, one of them seriously, German police said.

A column of smoke was seen rising from the site near the Donnersbergerbruecke station.

The construction site for a new commuter train line is located on the approach to Munich’s central station, which is about half a mile to the east.

Trains to and from that station, one of Germany’s busiest, were suspended but service resumed in mid-afternoon.

Germany Explosion
Police in Germany said four people were injured (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

A few local trains were evacuated. The fire service said there was no damage to the tracks.

Unexploded bombs are still found frequently in Germany, even 76 years after the end of the war, and often during work on construction sites.

They are usually defused or disposed of in controlled explosions, a process that sometimes entails large-scale evacuations as a precaution.

Bavaria’s state interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, said the 250kg bomb was found during drilling work, German news agency dpa reported.

Mr Herrmann said authorities must now investigate why it was not discovered earlier. He noted that such construction sites are usually scanned carefully in advance for possible unexploded bombs.

By Press Association

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