Unexploded WWII bomb found near Berlin station

Residents have been evacuated and traffic diverted in Berlin as sappers defused an unexploded WWII bomb near the capital’s main train station on Wednesday.

A police spokesman said the 100 kilogram explosive was dropped by an Allied plane during the Second World War. Media reports said it was a Soviet bomb.

The site lies about 1.5 kilometres north of the main station and the rail operator, Deutsche Bahn, said up to 50 regional and long-distance trains had to be re-directed to other hubs from 9:00am (local time).

The bomb was found [on Tuesday] afternoon on property belonging to the rail company, the police spokesman said.

The changed travel plan was expected to last three hours, with suburban train links unaffected and the main station itself still open.

It took just half an hour for the disposal team to complete the delicate operation — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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