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1.5 tonne bomb found at Berlin central station

Berlin central station
Germany   An 800-metre area around the bomb find will need to be evacuated

Construction workers at a building site north of Berlin Hauptbahnhof (central station) have discovered a bomb from the Second World War.

As the explosive is set to be defused on Friday, the main station will be completely closed.

An 800-metre area around the bomb find will need to be evacuated by 9am on Friday morning, police announced.

The evacuation zone covers the central railway station, the economy and transport ministries, an army hospital and the embassies of Indonesia and Uzbekistan, a police spokesman told AFP.

The Hauptbahnhof will be completely closed down during the disposal operation, meaning that regional and long distance trains will no longer be able to arrive at the central station. S-Bahn and U-Bahn services will also face major disruption.

It is not yet clear how many people will be affected and how long the disposal will take.

According to Tagesspiegel, the north-south S-Bahn tunnel will also be closed down, leading to cancellations to key lines including the S1. It is also certain that buses and trams will not be able to reach the station during the evacuation, according to the Berliner Zeitung.

“The operation will be big and it will be difficult,” a police spokesperson said.

It is not yet clear whether the Charite, one of Berlin’s major hospitals, will have to be cleared as it is located in the vicinity of the central station. If an evacuation is necessary, 13,000 personnel at the hospital will have to move out, as well as thousands of patients.


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