Four injured after WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station in Germany
Four people were injured after an old WWII aircraft bomb exploded near Munich’s main train station in Germany. German Police said the device went off during construction work near Donnersbergerbrücke, in the east of the city on Wednesday, 1 December 2021. A column of smoke was seen rising from the site near the busy railway line. "During tunnel work near the Donnersbergerbrücke, an aerial bomb exploded during drilling. The danger area has been cordoned off; there is no danger outside this area. Currently, more than 40 officers are on duty in the area ... and we also have support from two helicopters."
Bavaria’s state interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, said the bomb weighed 250 kilograms and an investigation has been launched. Workers accidentally hit the 250-kilogram (551-pound) bomb while conducting drilling work, he added.
The four people who were injured were working at the site, one of whom sustained serious injuries, emergency services said.
The force of the blast almost tore the seriously injured worker's leg off. Doctors operated on him for four hours, reconstructing his leg. His condition was then listed as stable.
Germany's Deutsche Bahn rail service suspended rail service for several hours as a precaution as the explosion happened near a bridge where all trains in and out of the station must pass. By early afternoon, trains had resumed running.
Officials did not say why the bomb wasn't detected ahead of time. Normally, such construction sites are intensively surveyed to reveal any leftover munitions.
Unexploded bombs are still found frequently in Germany, even 76 years after the end of the war and often during work on construction sites. They are usually defused or disposed of in controlled explosions, a process that sometimes entails large-scale evacuations as a precaution.
In September 1994, three construction workers died in Berlin when a bomb exploded at a construction site. In 2006, a man was killed at a highway construction site in Aschaffenburg. Incidents also occasionally occur while bombs are being defused. In June 2010, three demolition workers died and two people were seriously injured in a defusing operation.
Source: Euro News, Deutsche Welle