Germany: WWII bomb discovered and defused in Mannheim

Construction workers in the southern German city of Mannheim uncovered a 500-kilo (1100-pound) World War II-era aerial bomb, police said in a statement on Thursday.

The explosive device, found at a former US military barracks, was defused on the same day.

About 3,000 people in a radius of approximately 500 meters (roughly one third of a mile) around the site were asked to leave their homes. Police first cleared a school adjacent to the site, although given the unusual pandemic situation, only 25 students were in class.

At least 150 police officers were called on to the scene to assist with clearing the area so the bomb could be defused.

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Source: DW News/Polizei Mannheim