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12 Jan 2020 | 12:56 AM UTC

Germany: Evacuations in Dortmund due to unexploded WWII bombs January 12

Dortmund authorities order evacuations for controlled explosion of WWII bombs on January 12; heightened security presence and transportation disruptions expected

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Event

Authorities in Dortmund have ordered the evacuation of approximately 14,000 residents between Saturday, January 11, through Sunday, January 12, due to the suspected presence of four undetonated WWII bombs. Authorities have ordered individuals within a 500 meter (1640 ft) radius of four points to evacuate by 08:00 (local time) on Sunday. The four points are in the hospital district: on Beurhausstrasse, Luisenstrasse, the intersection of Rheinische Strasse and Westentor, and in the St. Johannes Hospital (map here). 

Authorities have announced transportation disruptions during the scheduled detonations. Trams will allow individuals to board but not exit at stations in the evacuation area. Bus disruptions are expected, including the Airport Express service to Dortmund Airport (DTM). Transport officials also said that Dortmund Central Station will close from 08:00 on Sunday, and train stations in the evacuation zone will also be closed. 

A heightened security presence and transportation and business disruptions are expected in Dortmund, particularly in the evacuation zone. Authorities have not yet announced when closures will end.

Advice

Individuals in Dortmund are advised to anticipate localized transportation disruptions, allow extra time to reach their destinations, and to follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.