World War II bomb disposal to force evacuation in central Berlin
World War II bomb disposal to force evacuation in central Berlin
Berlin city centre a 'ghosttown' after WWII bomb evacuation
21 April, 2018, 13:57
Buildings were cleared in an 800m radius around the site. (Britta Pedersen/dpa via AP) A WWII bomb is removed in Berlin, Friday, April 20, 2018.
Tegel, which is Berlin's busiest airport, was briefly closed in August 2017 after the discovery of a Russian World War II bomb. Some 10,000 residents and workers were being forced to leave a two-square-kilometre (almost a square mile) area, including the train station, while bomb experts defuse the 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) British bomb dropped during the war.
More than 363 bombing raids were carried out on Berlin during the Second World War.
Police posted a video on Twitter showing officers walking up the stairs in an apartment building with the caption, "We're not bringing room service or breakfast in bed but a personal wake-up call".
Local bus and train routes will be disrupted during the operation, but the operator of Berlin's Tegel Airport said Friday's operations will proceed as scheduled.
Coskon said he had a feeling of deja vu, recalling a similar operation in 2013 which also affected the area around the main railway station. The city began returning to normal after the all-clear signal was given in the early afternoon.
The evacuation has also led to the country's Economic Ministry and Federal Intelligence Service also being evacuated.
Some roads were closed but were due to gradually reopen.
A year ago some 60,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Frankfurt after a massive bomb dropped by Britain's Royal Air Force was unearthed.
An estimated more than 2,000 tons of bombs and ammunition are unearthed in Germany each year.
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