April 20, 2018
A LARGE scale evacuation is underway in Berlin city centre after an unexploded WWII Bomb was found this morning.
Bomb found in Berlin - city centre evacuated
Buildings were evactuated from 8am in an 800m (2,625ft) radius from where the bomb was found.
The area includes government buildings, a hospital and the central railway station.
Police say there is no immediate danger from the 1,100lb (500kg) British bomb which was found on Heidestrasse.
It is believed the device will be defused around midday.
Rail and public transport operators have been warned of large-scale disruption to trains, trams and buses in the area.
Flights to and from the city's Tegel airport will go ahead, but planes will avoid flying over the site as a precaution.
The 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) British bomb was found during construction work near the city’s central train station.
An air traffic control spokeswoman said airlines may need to fly with greater separation between planes than usual during that time.
Bomb found in Berlin - city centre evacuated
Bomb found in Berlin - city centre evacuated
More than seven decades after the end of World War Two, Germany still discovers more than 2,000 tonnes of live bombs and munitions every year.
Tegel airport was also briefly closed last August after a Russian-made bomb was discovered, forcing flights that evening to divert to the city’s other airport, Schoenefeld.
In september a whopping 1,400kilogram bomb was discovered in Frankfurt.
This led to nearly 60,000 people having to be evacuated while experts defused the device.
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