The WWII bomb found in Hellersdorf during construction work on the Alt-Hellersdorf road is to be defused on Monday afternoon between 12pm and 2pm, according to police.
A barricade circuit has been set up around the evacuation zone, with resulting delays on the tram line M6, as well as bus lines X54 and 197.
M6: Die Linie hält in beiden Richtungen nicht an den Haltestellen Zossener Str./Kastanienallee, Stendaler Str./Zossener Str. und Stendaler Str./Quedlinburger Str.. #BVG
— BVG Straßenbahn (@BVG_Tram) November 11, 2019
Berlin's transport operator tweeted about delays on tram line M6.
“The barrier around the evacuation area is in place; our colleagues in the task forces are currently inspecting every single building and calling on everyone to leave for their own safety,” the police told Twitter.
Berlin's fire department also published a map of the affected area.
#Bombenentschäfung in #Hellersdorf
Die @Berliner_Fw, @polizeiberlin & @drk_berlin wurden vom BA Marzahn-Hellersdorf beauftragt, alle Maßnahmen zur Gefahrenbeseitigung zu treffen. Die Evakuierung hat begonnen.
Übersicht des betroffenen Bereichs:https://t.co/k1iMguVnrP
— Berliner Feuerwehr (@Berliner_Fw) November 11, 2019
The 250-kilogram air bomb was discovered on Thursday during construction work, according to police.
After several hours of investigation, the Crime Office (LKA)'s experts found that transporting it would be too dangerous, and that the bomb needed to be disposed of directly at the construction site.
In the morning, a loudspeaker truck drove through the area, announcing the closure. Around 13,000 people have to leave their homes.
Von der #Weltkriegsbombe in #Hellersdorf geht keine unmittelbare Gefahr aus, sodass unsere Entschärfer entschieden haben, sie erst am Montagvormittag vor Ort zu entschärfen. Der direkte Bereich um die Bombe ist gesperrt.
Wir halten Sie hier auf dem Laufenden. pic.twitter.com/wpS4GA1ebQ
— Polizei Berlin Einsatz (@PolizeiBerlin_E) November 7, 2019
Berlin police published a photo of the bomb.
The evacuees included a man who left with his cat. “She is very relaxed,” owner Marlon Stolterfoht told public broadcaster rbb.
— rbb|24 (@rbb24) November 11, 2019
World War II bombs are commonly found in Germany during construction work. Eastern Berlin, where Marzahn is located, was bombed particularly heavily during the war.
Recently evacuations have also taken place near Alexanderplatz in the former east following the find of a 100-kilogram WWII bomb, and in the neighbouring eastern state of Brandenburg when two 250 kilogram bombs were found.