• Germany edition
 
WWII bomb forces central Munich evacuation
Posorski with the bomb - before he realized how dangerous it was. Photo: DPA

WWII bomb forces central Munich evacuation

Published: 28 Aug 2012 11:10 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Aug 2012 11:10 GMT+02:00

The bomb had been underneath one of the city’s most notorious bars.

The closure of Schwabinger 7 had infuriated many who saw it as a legendary part of Munich’s night-life, one of the last remaining dark, scruffy places, where the Rolling Stones used to go drinking when hanging out with Uschi Obermaier.

All attempts to save the bar failed – and the sounds made by late-night boozers was replaced by the rumble of the building being pulled down. Workers with pneumatic drills were hard at work on Monday, while all around them people went about their business in the lively district.

Until a digger scraped against metal on Monday – and work on the site was halted.

Even then Munich bomb disposal officer Diethard Posorski and his colleagues assumed it was a ‘normal’ bomb – which although dangerous, can be handled with care.

It took several hours before it became clear that the 250-kilo bomb was not the normal kind; it has a chemical detonator, said Posorski.

“That is a chemical delayed-action detonator. I am not defusing that, I’m not suicidal,” he told the Münchner Merkur newspaper on Monday night.

He referred to the three people who died in Göttingen in 2010 trying to defuse exactly the same kind of bomb, which exploded when they lifted it up a little.

“We also lifted this one up a touch, but thank God, we survived,” he said.

The operation to clear people from their homes started on Monday night at around 10pm and was later extended so that around 2,500 living within 300 metres of the bomb were affected.

They were given just minutes to grab a few things and leave. Officials went door to door making sure everyone had heard and understood the instructions being blared out by loudspeaker.

Many went to stay with friends while others were put up in a nearby school where Red Cross volunteers tried to make them comfortable.

Further experts were being brought to the site on Tuesday, and are expected to create a controlled explosion at some time in the evening. A large timber shell filled with straw and sand was being built around the bomb on Tuesday morning to catch shrapnel and muffle the shock wave.

DPA/The Local/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

12:53 August 28, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
"It could go off at any time" said a fire department spokesman.

Better let the man standing beside it know that. He seems perfectly at ease.
16:10 August 28, 2012 by zeddriver
I hope they don't poke at that thing with the pickaxe in the background.

The guy in the photo looks to be near retirement. They probably made him go in there hoping to save some money on his pension.
17:03 August 28, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
The man in the photo probably is a pensioner and he is doing this as a 400EUR job to suplement his pension.
21:27 August 29, 2012 by Landmine
@Berlin fuer alles

Ha ha, good point...
Today's headlines
JobTalk Germany
How to become an au pair in Germany
Photo: DPA

How to become an au pair in Germany

It’s not quite as romantic as the Nanny Diaries, nor is it as magical as Mary Poppins. But being an au pair in Germany can be fun, as Emma Anderson finds out. READ  

Merkel hails 'impressive' French reform plans
Merkel and Valls on Monday in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Merkel hails 'impressive' French reform plans

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls visited Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday, hoping to gain Germany's blessing for his revised economic reform programme. READ  

German Fifa exec: 'Qatar won't host World Cup'
Theo Zwanziger and one of the planned stadiums in Qatar. Photo: DPA

German Fifa exec: 'Qatar won't host World Cup'

Germany's top Fifa official said on Monday Qatar will not host the 2022 World Cup as planned, due to climate conditions. Qatar's successful bid to host the tournament has been marred by corruption and human rights concerns. READ  

Germany plans air lifts to help fight Ebola
A Liberian man holds his daughter as they wait for treatment for suspected Ebola symptoms in Monrovia. Photo: DPA

Germany plans air lifts to help fight Ebola

Germany and France will send military transport planes to West Africa to help efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic, Chancellor Angela Merkel and military officials said on Friday. READ  

Amazon workers walk out again
Amazon workers striking in Graben, Bavaria, on Monday. Photo: DPA

Amazon workers walk out again

Four Amazon shipping centres in Germany were the target of fresh walkouts on Monday in a long-running wage dispute with the US online retail giant. READ  

Half of German navy helicopters grounded
A German navy Sea Lynx helicopter. Photo: DPA

Half of German navy helicopters grounded

Half of the German navy helicopter fleet has been grounded after engineers found large tears in the panelling of a British-made machine on deployment. READ  

Germans say 'bah humbug' to early Xmas
Photo: DPA

Germans say 'bah humbug' to early Xmas

Christmas treats have already hit the supermarket shelves, but Germans surveyed by YouGov say "too soon!", while a third of respondents are for the government taking action to name a release date for holiday wares. READ  

Hoeneß pays tax bill, takes day off prison
Photo: DPA

Hoeneß pays tax bill, takes day off prison

The disgraced former president of Bayern Munich FC, Uli Hoeneß has paid €30 million of his outstanding taxes, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Monday, and has taken a day off prison. READ  

Oktoberfest 2014
Fights and a skinny dip kick off Oktoberfest
Photo: DPA

Fights and a skinny dip kick off Oktoberfest

UPDATE: Paramedics and police were kept busy at the opening weekend of Munich's Oktoberfest, treating hundreds of revellers and arresting dozens, though it was still considered a peaceful start. READ  

Child warriors, 13, leave Germany for jihad
A photograph from the jihadist affiliated group Albaraka News allegedly shows a fighter from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) tying up an Iraqi soldier Photo: DPA/EPA

Child warriors, 13, leave Germany for jihad

Children as young as 13 are travelling from Germany to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic jihadists, according to German intelligence agencies. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
DPA
Gallery
The best photos from Oktoberfest's opening weekend
Photo: DPA
Munich
Your guide to Munich Oktoberfest's food
Marks & Spencer
Sponsored Article
Marks and Spencer: Win €300 toward your new autumn wardrobe
Photo: Joanna Drath, University of Tübingen
Society
Europeans descended from three tribes
Photo: DPA
Culture
Your guide to Munich Oktoberfest's tents
Photo: DPA
Hamburg
Drunk teachers ruin school trip to Hamburg
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Oktoberfest 2014: The best and worst in dirndl fashion
Photo: Shutterstock
Gallery
Ten German words you'll never want to hear again
Photo: DPA
Education
German universities tumble in global rankings
Photo: Shutterstock
Business & Money
The three types of firms hiring foreigners
Photo: DPA
Berlin
Frisky couple shock Berlin commuters
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,328
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd