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Town at standstill for bomb defusal

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Town at standstill for bomb defusal
Empty platforms at Oranienburg station on Friday morning
08:37 CET+01:00
Authorities evacuated 1,700 people from their homes early on Friday morning after an unexploded bomb from World War Two was found in Oranienburg, north of Berlin.

A statement from the town hall said that the bomb was around a metre underground.

It contains around 30 kilogrammes of explosives and an impact fuse from an original payload of 250 kilogrammes.

Police evacuated a 600-metre radius around the bomb, an area which includes businesses, schools and daycare centres as well as the train station, which will be out of service during the defusal.

A disposal team from the Brandenburg state ordnance disposal service (KMBD) hopes to have made the bomb safe by midday.

In 2013 an American 250-kilogramme bomb found on the Havel river bed in Oranienburg had to be made safe with a controlled detonation, resulting in a spectacular explosion.

7,000 people were evacuated.

Brandenburg is the German state with the largest number of unexploded World War Two bombs, and disposal teams are constantly searching for them.

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