Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

Four people were injured when what is believed to be an old air bomb exploded at a bridge near Munich’s busy main railway station on Wednesday.

Munich’s fire department said one person was seriously injured after local police first reported the incident on Twitter.

The blast happened when the site was drilled to build a tunnel, police said, adding that the area had been cordoned off.

“There is no danger outside this area,” police said.

Explosives experts were called to the scene to examine the remains of the bomb, firefighters said.

Due to the explosion, the train journey to and from the main train station was canceled, according to the railway operator Deutsche Bahn.

It was not clear when rail traffic would resume.

Firefighters go to a train with railroad staff
World War II bombs are regularly found in Germany.(AP: Sven Hoppe / dpa)

More than 2,000 tons of live bombs and ammunition are discovered every year in Germany, more than 70 years after the end of World War II.

The bombs are regularly discovered during construction work in Germany and are usually defused by experts or destroyed in controlled explosions.

British and American warplanes hit the country with 1.5 million tons of bombs that killed 600,000 people.

Officials estimate that 15 percent of the bombs did not explode, some of which are buried six feet deep in the ground.

There have been cases of deadly explosions in the past.

Three explosives experts from Göttingen police were killed in 2010 while preparing to defuse a 1,000-pound bomb, and in 2014 a construction worker in Euskirchen was killed when his electric shovel hit a 4,000-pound buried bomb.

In 1994, three construction workers in Berlin were killed in a similar accident.

In 2012, a fireball lit up the sky in Munich and caused millions of euros in damage to 17 buildings as authorities had to detonate a 500-pound detonated bomb.

In 2015, a 1,000-pound bomb tore a three-meter-deep hole in a highway near Offenbach in central Germany.

Reuters

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