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World War II Bomb Found Unexploded In Berlin

An unexploded World War II bomb was found near Berlin's main railway station Tuesday night, forcing trains to divert from the station and making traffic pile up within the city.

CNN reports that an aerial bomb weighing approximately 220 pounds was found at a construction site that neighbored railway tracks north of the station.

The finding caused police to evacuate over 800 people from nearby apartment buildings and homes Wednesday morning as bomb experts tried to defuse the bomb.

The defusing of the bomb took approximately 25 minutes, and according to a member of the bomb disposal team, had it exploded, the bomb could have blown a crater 3 to 4 meters wide and 3 meters (10 feet) deep.

"They do risk a lot, but they have a lot of experience," said Berlin police spokesman Jens Berger, speaking of the bomb disposal team. "Here in Berlin it is a fact of daily life to defuse bombs, but without question they are risking a lot."

by RTT Staff Writer

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