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Travel chaos as WWII bomb discovered in Düsseldorf

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Travel chaos as WWII bomb discovered in Düsseldorf
File photo shows a previous bomb find. Photo: DPA
16:48 CET+01:00
A World War II bomb was discovered in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia on Monday, causing misery for commuters.

The US bomb from the WWII era was found during construction work in the Düsseldorf-Derendorf district at Rose Ausländer-Straße at the corner to Elfriede-Bial-Straße.

During the disposal of the bomb, around 900 residents will have to leave their homes within a radius of 250 metres of the site. A further 5,700 people are affected - they are not allowed to leave their homes or be outdoors during the process. The evacuation of the home was due to begin around 7pm on Monday.

An old people's home and a nearby hospital are unlikely to be affected by the evacuation.

Meanwhile, commuters will also be hit by the bomb disposal works.

Trains are not stopping at Düsseldorf-Derendorf from 6pm onwards, Deutsche Bahn tweeted.

According to regional news site Der Westen, the following train lines could face disruption or cancellations. Anyone using public transport in the vicinity of the bomb site should also check for any changes to the schedule before travelling.

RE 1: Aachen - Eschweiler - Düren - Horrem - Cologne - Düsseldorf - Düsseldorf Airport - Duisburg - Essen - Bochum - Dortmund - Hamm

RE 1: Hamm - Dortmund - Bochum - Essen - Duisburg - Düsseldorf Airport - Düsseldorf - Cologne - Horrem - Düren - Eschweiler - Aachen

RE 2: Düsseldorf - Duisburg - Essen - Gelsenkirchen - Recklinghausen - Münster

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RE 2: Münster - Recklinghausen - Gelsenkirchen - Essen - Duisburg - Düsseldorf

RE 6: Cologne/Bonn Airport - Neuss - Düsseldorf - Düsseldorf Airport - Duisburg - Essen - Dortmund - Hamm - Bielefeld - Herford - Minden

RE 6: Minden - Herford - Bielefeld - Hamm - Dortmund - Essen - Duisburg - Düsseldorf Airport - Düsseldorf - Neuss - Cologne/Bonn Airport

S 1: Dortmund - Bochum - Essen - Mülheim (Ruhr) - Duisburg - Düsseldorf - Solingen

S 1: Solingen - Dusseldorf - Duisburg - Mülheim (Ruhr) - Essen - Bochum - Dortmund

S 6: Essen - Ratingen East - Düsseldorf - Langenfeld (Rheinl) - Cologne

S 6: Cologne - Langenfeld (Rheinl) - Düsseldorf - Ratingen East - Essen

S 11: Düsseldorf Airport Terminal - Düsseldorf - Neuss - Dormagen - Cologne - Bergisch Gladbach

S 11: Bergisch Gladbach - Cologne - Dormagen - Neuss - Düsseldorf - Düsseldorf Airport Terminal

A care centre has been set up at the Justus-von-Liebig-Realschule at Ottweilerstraße 20 for everyone affected.

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



 

 
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