MUNICH, Germany: German authorities announced this week that a World War II bomb exploded at a construction site next to a busy railway line in Munich, injuring four people, with one hospitalized in serious condition.
A column of smoke was seen rising from the site for a new commuter train line near Donnersbergerbruecke station, one of Germany’s busiest and located on the approach to Munich’s central station.
The fire service said no damage was done to the tracks, but trains to and from the station were temporarily suspended. A number of trains operating near the site were also evacuated.
Some 76 years after the end of World War II, unexploded bombs are still found in Germany, often during work on construction sites.
These bombs are usually defused or destroyed in controlled explosions, a process that sometimes requires large-scale evacuations.
Joachim Herrmann, Bavaria’s state interior minister, said the 550-pound bomb was found during drilling work, according to German news agency dpa.
Authorities must now investigate why it was not discovered earlier, Herrmann added, noting that such construction sites are surveyed carefully in advance for unexploded bombs.