German bomb disposal expert detonated four WWII bombs after thousands of Göttingen residents were forced to leave their homes. Officials had suspended some of the anti-pandemic measures during the evacuation effort.
On Saturday, more than 8,000 people left their homes in Göttingen, with police, firefighters and the German army all taking part in the large-scale evacuation effort.
The officials decided to clear the area after four suspicious objects were found at a construction site in the center of the city.
All four were later confirmed to be unexploded WWII bombs.
Bomb disposal experts had set up protective barricades around the site, including stacked shipping containers filled with special water balloons to absorb the impact.
+++ Betreten des Sperrgebietes verboten! +++
Bei jedem Hinweis auf Personen im Sperrgebiet muss der Kampfmittelbeseitigungsdienst die Arbeit unterbrechen. Das verzögert sämtliche Maßnahmen. #goebombenverdacht2021 pic.twitter.com/nje86IVcvY
— Polizei Göttingen (@Polizei_GOE) January 30, 2021
Source: DW News/Polizei Göttingen/Twitter