10,000 evacuate in Berlin after WWII bomb uncovered at construction site

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Dieter Schwetzler (R) and Rene Bennert (L) of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Division give interviews in front of the World War II bomb they defused in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on September 03, 2017. (THOMAS LOHNES/AFP/Getty Images)

BERLIN  — Some 10,000 people were evacuated from their homes in western Berlin, trains were stopped and a main highway was blocked so specialists could remove a World War II-era bomb discovered during construction work.

Specialists defused the 550-pound bomb successfully early Tuesday in the Tempelhof-Schoeneberg district of the German capital. It had been found during construction work near a freight depot and was described by police as a German bomb with a Russian detonator.

Last month, 60,000 people had to evacuate when a bomb was found in the German city in Frankfurt.

Even more than 70 years after the end of the war, bombs and other munitions still turn up regularly during construction work in Germany — a testament to the ferocity of World War II.

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