A World War II Bomb Just Exploded in Germany
A 250-kilo World War II bomb secretly buried in Munich, Germany, exploded and injured at least four people after it was accidentally hit during surveys, according to Interior Minister Joachim Hermann.
"Debris has been blown up several hundred meters away. The entire area is currently being searched," Hermann added.
According to local police, the bomb exploded after 12 noon local time in the vicinity of the Donnersberger Bridge, near Munich's central train station. Security forces blocked access to the neighborhood as they surveyed the extent of the damage and whether there are still unexploded ordnances in the area.
The explosion was caused by an old aircraft bomb, Munich police press officer Carolin Schrott told CNN.
A 250-kilogram American Air Bomb from World War II
According to CNN, an estimated 15 percent of bombs dropped in World War II remain unexploded to this day.
The exploded bomb in Munich is believed to be an undetected “sleeping bomb,” the nickname given to unexploded bombs dropped by Allied forces on Germany during World War II. In Germany, there are regular discoveries of these sleeping bombs, resulting in evacuations of neighborhoods while one bomb is being defused.
Such incidents are relatively frequent in Germany. The last time a bomb accidentally exploded in a densely populated city was in 2019 when the bomb was detonated in Ahlbach. The explosion was so powerful, it left a crater 33 feet (10 meters) wide and 13 feet (4 meters) deep.
In 2016, at least 54,000 people were evacuated in Augsburg when a British air raid bomb was discovered in the city.
This was followed in 2018 in Berlin when police discovered and defused an unexploded World War II bomb weighing 500 kilograms.