German experts detonate 1,000-kg WWII bomb in controlled explosion

Bomb disposal experts have successfully carried out a controlled explosion of a World War II bomb weighing 1,000 kilograms in the German city of Bremen, police said on Sunday.

Authorities had planned to defuse the US bomb at its location in the northern city after evacuating around 2,500 residents, but later decided to move it to a uninhabited area following a risk assessment, a police spokesman said.

The spokesman said the bomb had been located close to a high-pressure gas pipeline. "We already knew that when we were planning to defuse it, but for a detonation that is too dangerous."

Unexploded bombs dating back to the aerial bombardments of World War II are regularly uncovered in German cities during construction and maintenance work. Many local authorities have teams working full-time to detect and defuse them.

Last update: Sun, 24/07/2016 - 19:24

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