Commuter chaos as 220lb bomb found near Berlin's main railway station
Thousands of commuters experienced delays and diversions in Berlin on Tuesday when an unexploded World War II bomb was discovered near the city's main railway station.
The 220lb ordnance was found by a bomb disposal team who were checking out a construction site near the Hauptbahnhof (the central station).
The Russian aerial bomb was discovered at a former freight train depot, with residential buildings on one side.
So many bombs were dropped on Berlin and other German cities by Allied forces during the war, that hundreds are thought to lie undiscovered, and finding them is a relatively common occurrence.
So much so, German railway operator Deutsche Bahn employs companies to check that sites are safe when building works are planned.
In video footage, police spokesman Jens Berger told BBC reporter Stephen Evans: "We will try to defuse the bomb.
"The detonator will be screwed out of the bomb or we will try to saw it off. But we need a secure area around the bomb, so that nobody gets injured.
"So we will ask the people in the nearby houses to leave, and we will provide a room in a school where they can wait while we finish the process."
The "process" of defusing the bomb on Wednesday took around 25 minutes, and approximately 840 people were evacuated.
According to the Guardian, flights landing at the city's Tegel Airport were also delayed or cancelled during the process.
A bomb disposal expert told CNN that it if it had exploded, the bomb could have created a crater three to four metres wide and three metres deep.
Speaking about the bomb disposal team's work, Jens Berger told the site: "They do risk a lot, but they have a lot of experience.
"Here in Berlin it is a fact of daily life to defuse bombs, but without question they are risking a lot."
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