WWII bomb detonation in Frankfurt triggers 30m high water fountain

A 250kg World War II bomb has been detonated in the Main river in Frankfurt.

WWII bomb detonation in Frankfurt triggers 30m high water fountain
The bomb was detonated on Sunday morning. Photo: DPA

As the video shows, the detonation on Sunday morning resulted in a 30 metre high water fountain in the Main river.

Around 600 people were evacuated from parts of the city near where the device was found, as bomb disposal experts got to work at about 8am.

Following the explosion, divers were sent to check that the device was safe. “It has been confirmed that the bomb is no longer a danger,” said a police spokesman on Sunday.

According to DPA, the US bomb, weighing in at a hefty 250kg, was discovered on Tuesday during a training exercise by divers of the city's fire and rescue service.

Road and shipping traffic, as well as public transport, was affected during the bomb detonation. Church services near to the scene were also cancelled, while some museums remained closed.

In order to prepare for the blast, a special group of divers from the explosive ordnance disposal service in Rhineland-Palatinate were asked to assist.

Before the bomb was exploded, the divers moved the device deeper into the Main river, to a depth of around 6 metres.

A series of smaller explosive devices were detonated before the bomb in order to drive away fish and other animals.

Some onlookers watched the explosion from one of Frankfurt's neighbouring bridges.

WWII bombs common

Throughout Germany, World War II bomb finds – resulting in city evacuations during their detonation – are commonplace.

SEE ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

At the end of March, 10,000 people were evacuated in Rostock after a WWII bomb discovery.

In February, over 4,000 residents in Essen were evacuated when an American bomb was found during construction work.

Just a couple of weeks later, a 250 kilogram bomb was found in the centre of Nuremberg during construction work, leading to the evacuation of 8,000 residents.

The largest post-war evacuation happened in September 2017, following the discovery of a bomb weighing several tons near the Frankfurt university campus. More than 60,000 people were affected.

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Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.