Bomb successfully defused in Berlin-Gesundbrunnen

Bomb successfully defused in Berlin-Gesundbrunnen

After long delays, a 250-kilogram World War II aerial bomb was successfully defused in Gesundbrunnen on Sunday evening.

  • Bombenentschärfung in Gesundbrunnen (6)© dpa
    Officers from the Berlin Police Explosive Ordnance Clearance Service stand behind a World War II bomb after it was defused on the grounds of the Jewish Hospital, with one man displaying a note saying "Merry Christmas!"
  • Bombenentschärfung in Gesundbrunnen (1)© dpa
    Police officers patrol the area of the Jewish Hospital in the restricted zone on the occasion of the defusing of the World War II bomb.
  • Bombenentschärfung in Gesundbrunnen (3)© dpa
    Emergency forces are helping a person in a wheelchair onto a bus on the occasion of the defusing of a World War II bomb on the grounds of the Jewish Hospital in Berlin.
  • Bombenentschärfung in Gesundbrunnen (2)© dpa
    A firefighter from the Berlin Police Explosive Ordnance Clearance Service and a police officer watch as an excavator removes layers of soil over a World War II bomb before defusing it on the grounds of the Jewish Hospital.
  • Bombenentschärfung in Gesundbrunnen (4)© dpa
    A World War II bomb lies on a truck after being defused on the grounds of the Jewish Hospital.
  • Bombenentschärfung in Gesundbrunnen (5)© dpa
    Officials from the Berlin Police Explosive Ordnance Clearance Service show the two mechanical detonators of the World War II bomb after it was defused on the grounds of the Jewish Hospital.
The operation was over and the cordon around the site of the discovery was lifted, a police spokesman told the German Press Agency (dpa) on Sunday evening. The bomb would now be removed, allowing residents to return to their homes and apartments. "We are all happy." On Twitter, the police thanked everyone for keeping their fingers crossed.

Defusing took a long time

A special team from the State Criminal Police Office had defused the bomb's detonators. Residents of the site where the bomb was found, on the grounds of the Jewish Hospital, had to show a lot of patience as the defusing lasted almost the entire third Sunday of Advent. In the early hours of the morning, the police set up a restricted zone within a radius of 500 meters around the bomb discovery site - anyone living there had to get out as early as possible. Around 15,000 people had to seek refuge with friends and relatives or in emergency shelters run by the district authorities.

Delays during evacuation measures

Residents had been asked to leave their homes by 6 o'clock. Police, fire department and the district offices of Mitte and Reinickendorf had drawn attention to the impending evacuation and warned that there was a danger to life within the restricted area. On Sunday, however, the evacuation of the restricted area was delayed considerably. According to the police, especially the transport of people with physical limitations or acute illnesses took a lot of time. In addition, individual residents had to be persuaded again and again to actually leave their homes.

Maneuver critique after the fact

"People were informed in time," a spokesman for the Mitte district office said early Sunday evening. All residents had received a leaflet in their mailbox with information in several languages, he said. "But the behavior of a few people can delay everything." The district spokesman announced a maneuver critique "in the aftermath" of the bomb disposal to talk about the issue.
The American bomb from World War II had already been found on the grounds of the Jewish Hospital on November 19. The hospital patients could not stay either - some had already been moved in the days before the defusing.

Source: dpa/deepl.com

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