3,000 unexploded Second World War bombs may be buried in Berlin

January 5th, 2015

No one is really sure how much unexploded ordnance is buried under the German city, but a new estimate by the Berlin senate put the figure at 3,000, BZ, a local newspaper, reported.

And around 10,000 people had to be evacuated from the historic city of Postsdam, just outside Berlin, in December after a 550lb (250kg) bomb was found there.

The city’s main Tegel airport had to be closed to flights for half an hour after a bomb was found there last October.

It is not known where the remaining 3,000 bombs are, but airports, the railway network and factories were particularly targeted by the Allies, so those areas are thought to be at higher risk. There is also thought to be a lot of unexploded ordnance left over in Berlin’s extensive forests.


Bombed buildings in Berlin, 1945 (Alamy)

After such a long time, there is thought to be little risk of the bombs being detonated unless they are disturbed, a police source told BZ, although bombs with a chemical fuse are an exception.


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