Germany: Thousands Evacuated In Berlin As WWII Bomb Is Defused

About 7,500 people in Berlin were evacuated from their homes on Saturday while the authorities defused a World War II bomb.

The 250 kilogram (quarter-ton) bomb was discovered in the Kreuzberg region of the German capital during construction work, Berlin police said.

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Authorities evacuated the area beginning 8:00 a.m. local time (7:00 UTC) Saturday morning and set up a 300-meter (1,000-foot) radius around the bomb. Several bus lines were also diverted and two subway lines restricted as the bomb was defused.

On Saturday afternoon, police shared a photo of the bomb on Twitter, while announcing that the evacuation effort in the area was nearly complete.



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