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Thursday 4, April

WWII bomb discovered at West Berlin construction site

In the sleepy neighbourhood of Schmargendorf, construction workers have uncovered a 100-kilogram bomb that had been lying dormant underground since WWII.

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Thursday 4, April

WWII bomb discovered at West Berlin construction site

Another day, another 8-decade-old bomb discovered in a Berlin construction site. From Thursday morning, almost 7,000 people have had to evacuate their homes and parts of the A100 city motorway as well as the Ringbahn have been closed off, according to reports from rbb.

On Thursday, experts are expected to defuse the WWII-era bomb, which weighs some 100 kilograms. An exclusion zone has been set up within a 500-metre radius of the bomb, and includes 4 daycare centres and more than 30 apartment blocks. Emergency accommodation has been set up for the evacuees in the Werner-Ruhemann-Sporthalle and Horst-Käsler-Sporthalle.

Construction workers discovered the bomb while excavating on Mecklenburgischen Straße on Tuesday. Since then, the site has been guarded with an around-the-clock police presence.

This isn’t the first time a WWII bomb has been found in the area. Back in February, an explosive weighing around 250 kilograms was discovered and defused on the very same street, resulting in the evacuation of 7,500 people.