Berlin Central Train Station evacuated after WW2 bomb found

Berlin Central Train Station evacuated after WW2 bomb found

Train, bus and tram services were disrupted for several hours.

The bomb, thought to have been dropped by the British Royal Air Force, had been discovered at a construction site for faculty buildings on the edge of Goethe University.

Esen Coskon, 50, who was at one of the shelters with his 22-year-old son, Furkan, said he learnt of the evacuation from the media and police, who had sent leaflets to every home.

Some 10,000 people have been evacuated from central Berlin so experts can defuse a huge World War Two bomb.

Arriving from Leipzig on a day trip to Berlin, Japanese tourist Yamamoto looked bewildered as he was told of the operation at the railway station.

They have also been discovered in other European cities.

Police also went house to house to check the zone has been completely cleared before the bomb disposal experts began their work.

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Immediately after the bomb was defused, authorities lifted all barriers around the site, and the main railway station was operational again by mid-afternoon.

About 65,000 residents in Frankfurt were evacuated in September as experts successfully defused an unexploded bomb.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's office and Germany's parliament building are close by, but outside the zone.

It was found during construction work in the Heidestrasse district and homes, ministries and museums have all been evacuated.

DW reporter Rebecca Ritters was at the scene in Berlin and said the discovery of unexploded bombs was not uncommon in Germany with more than 2,000 tonnes of bombs and live ammunition unearthed across the country every year.

In September, a 1,400-kilogram bomb discovered in Frankfurt led to almost 60,000 people being evacuated while experts defused the device.

Police wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that the bomb was in a safe condition and it was not causing any immediate danger.

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