Berlin to Excavate World War II Bomb, Airspace Unaffected
On Friday, Berlin will begin excavating a recently discovered World War II bomb. All buildings within about a half-mile radius of the bomb will be evacuated Friday morning, including the city's central train station, Economy Ministry, the Natural History Museum and part of a hospital.
Berlin's Tegel Airport (TXL), which authorities originally thought would be affected, will not have to evacuate, and flights will not be re-routed during the excavation.
On Thursday, air traffic control authorities announced that usual takeoff and landing routes will not be affected, but a spokeswoman did say that airlines "may need to fly with greater separation between planes than usual during that time," according to Reuters.
Construction workers discovered the 1,100-pound bomb during construction near Berlin's central train station. It's unclear how long the excavation will last.
It's been more than 70 years since World War II ended, but Germany still finds more than 2,000 metric tons of live bombs and munitions every year. A police spokesman said, "we have a defusal on this scale around once or twice a year in Berlin."
Berlin's Tegel Airport was closed last August after a Russian-made bomb was found; flights into that airport were re-routed to Schoenefeld, the city's other airport.
Police said on Twitter that there is no immediate danger from this bomb.
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