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21 Jan 2020 | 01:29 PM UTC

Germany: Evacuations in Berlin due to unexploded WWII bomb January 21

Evacuation orders issued in central Berlin following discover of a WWII bomb January 21; avoid the area



Police issued evacuation orders for residences and businesses in Berlin's Mitte borough on Tuesday, January 21, following the discovery of a WWII-era bomb in the area. The bomb was discovered at approximately 11:30 (local time) on Tuesday during construction work near the Red City Hall. Approximately 1900 residents have been ordered to leave their homes within a 300 m (984 ft) radius of the site. Tram, S-Bahn train, and bus services are all expected to face disruptions in the area. Police will begin operations to defuse the bomb as soon as evacuations have been completed; according to police, it will take around 30 minutes to defuse the bomb. 


Individuals in Berlin are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area, anticipate transportation disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.