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21 Jan 2020 | 06:34 AM UTC

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

Evacuation orders issued following WWII bomb discovery January 21; avoid the area

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Event

Police issued evacuation orders for residences and businesses in Cologne on Tuesday, January 21, as a WWII-era bomb is to be defused. The bomb was discovered on Monday, January 20, near the Hohenzollern railway bridge. Its proximity to Central Station has prompted train delays, as no train is able to leave the station via that bridge. The airspace and river traffic will be closed until the bomb is defused later on Tuesday.

Advice

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