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Munich explosion: Old bomb causes blast near train station in German city

The explosion happened after drilling during construction work near Donnersbergerbruecke station caused the bomb to go off, police said. Emergency services are on the scene.

“At this time there is no evidence of criminal offenses. According to initial findings, we have three injured people, the danger area is largely cordoned off and train traffic is blocked on the main route,” said Munich police press officer Peter Werthmann.

The explosion was caused by an old aircraft bomb, Munich police press officer Carolin Schrott told CNN.

“There is no danger outside the immediate area,” police said.

No further information was available on the type of bomb involved but munitions dating back to World War II are not uncommon finds in Germany. More than 70 years after the end of the war, roughly 2,000 tons of live bombs and munitions are still discovered in the country each year, Reuters reported.

According to official estimates, some 15% of the World War II bombs did not explode, and in some cases are buried six meters (20 feet) below ground.

In June 2019, residents of Ahlbach, southern Germany, were awoken early one morning by a sudden blast that left a crater 33 feet (10 meters) wide and 13 feet (4 meters) deep in a cornfield. Police later said it was “almost certainly” caused by a World War II bomb.

Police defused an unexploded World War II bomb weighing 1,100 pounds (500 kg) in Berlin in April 2018, and in September 2019 almost 60,000 people were evacuated in Frankfurt after a 3,000-pound bomb was found.

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