10,000 Germans Evacuated After Bomb Found on Construction Site

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About 10,000 people have been evacuated after an unexploded 250-kilogram World War II bomb was discovered in a city near the German capital.

The find during construction work on Thursday near Potsdam central railway station also halted local bus, tram and train services and led authorities to clear ministry buildings and the parliament of Brandenburg state.

A bomb disposal squad was seeking to defuse the explosive, believed to hail from a major British bombing raid that destroyed much of the inner city of Potsdam on April 14-15, 1945.

The ground below many German cities remains littered with unexploded ordnance dropped by Allied and Soviet forces during the Second World War, although most of it is safely defused when found.

Berlin authorities believe 3000 bombs still lurk beneath the capital alone, and experts warn that some of the munitions are growing increasingly dangerous as they rust and their fuses grow more brittle.


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