250 kg WWII bomb found near Düsseldorf

250 kg WWII bomb found near Düsseldorf
Cars drive through Mönchengladbach. Photo: DPA
The air bomb was unearthed during routine construction work near Mönchengladbach on Friday. Now it will shut down part of the city as it is deactivated on Monday.

Construction workers found the bomb at the intersection of Bismarckstraße and Steinmetzstraße in Mönchengladbach, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia that's just shy of 300,000 residents.

The ordinance disposal squad will deactivate it on Monday at 8 pm, and parts of the city centre will therefore be evacuated from 3 p.m. onwards, reported the city on its website.

The area within a radius of 300 to 500 metres around the site will be shut down completely. Therefore traffic in the city centre will be completely closed off during the deactivation.

From 3 p.m. onwards, most entrances to the city's main train station will also be shut down, reported the city, and the station will be completely closed starting from 7:45 pm. Trains will no longer be stopping there from 6 p.m onwards.

The deactivation follows a series of recent World War II bomb discoveries in western Germany. On November 29th, 10,000 people were forced to leave their homes in Cologne after a bomb discovery, following another find of a WWII bomb in October, revealed by low water levels on the Rhine River. 

In late October in Frankfurt, a WWII bomb was also discovered during construction work in the centre of the city, affecting 16,000 people

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