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Bomb scare at Dortmund football stadium

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Bomb scare at Dortmund football stadium
Police evacuate the danger zone. Photo: DPA
15:06 CET+01:00
Bomb disposal teams have disarmed an unexploded Second World War bomb found directly in front of the main stand at Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna stadium.

The dud, which is thought to be from the Second World War, was discovered late on Thursday morning during planned buildings works at BVB's Signal Iduna Park.

The VIP area of the west stand is currently being renovated, and the bomb was spotted in aerial photographs.

An 250m radius around the bomb was immediately evacuated, and a press conference in advance of the the local derby against fierce rivals Schalke was postponed. The crunch match is still expected to go ahead as planned on Saturday.

Once the area was cleared, disposal units from the Kampfmittelbeseitigungsdienst (KMBD) moved in to begin their operation.

Trains passing the football ground were cancelled and several flights had to be diverted while the defusal was going on.

The 45-minute defusal operation ended at 3 pm, with local authorities announcing that the detonator had exploded at the time the bomb landed, but failed to set off the main charge.

Local reporter Jana Schoo tweeted a picture of the dud in the bomb disposal van.

After the successful disposal, the city management tweeted:  "The air-bomb has been defused! The most beautiful stadium in the world remains unscathed!"

At the rescheduled press conference at BVB's training ground, manager Jürgen Klopp said: "I hope that there any more duds on the pitch on Saturday".

Signal Iduna Park is the largest ground in the Bundesliga, and manages to pack in up to 80,000 fans on match days.

The dud is of British origin, and was likely dropped during heavy bombing raids against Dortmund by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1943.

by Matty Edwards

SEE ALSO: 3,000 WW2 bombs still under Berlin

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