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Cologne: Evacuation after WWII bomb found at gas station

Digging right behind a gas station unearthed an unexploded US bomb from World War Two, the third such significant find within a month in Cologne alone. Over 1,000 people were forced to leave the area in response.

An unearthed World War Two shell sits on the back of a disposal truck

A similar unexploded device was unearthed in Bonn in October. Such finds are regular in Germany

Over 1,000 people are being evacuated from their homes in Cologne, Germany, after a World War Two bomb was found behind a gas station on Tuesday morning. 

The American 5-hundredweight (225-kilogram) unexploded bomb was found during excavation work in the southern suburb of Cologne-Poll.

"The bomb is right here, just behind our building," a petrol station worker told local website TAG 24 Köln.

Public order officials rushed to close off everything within a 300-meter (980-foot) radius of the device just after 12 p.m. local time (1100 UTC). The city administration announced at around 3:30 p.m. that experts had begun defusing the bomb.  

"An American 5-hundredweight bomb with an impact fuse was discovered directly behind a petrol station building during digging on the plot at Siegburger Strasse 504 on Tuesday morning, Dec. 18, 2018," the city said in a statement.

 

It has set up a temporary shelter for effected people in a high school.

Frequent finds in German cities

Unexploded World War Two bombs are still regularly unearthed by construction workers in Germany, especially in major western cities like Cologne, 70 years after the end of the conflict.

An R.A.F plane flies over Cologne during a bombing raid on the Knapsack power station in Cologne

The R.A.F bombing raid on the Knapsack power station in Cologne was one of 262 Allied bombing raids on the city

Cologne was bombed in 262 separate air raids by the Allies during the war.

Read more: German drives WWII bomb to fire station

Cologne-Poll was the site of another evacuation involving thousands of people less than three weeks ago, after a 1,000 kg bomb was found in the area.

On December 14, another US bomb was found in the Braunsfeld district of the city, leading to an evacuation affecting 8,000 people while it was defused.

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