(Britta Pedersen/dpa via AP) A WWII bomb is removed in Berlin, Friday, April 20, 2018.
Some 10,000 people - including residents, hospital patients and office workers - were evacuated at 9 am from buildings within an 800-metre radius of the bomb, while experts performed the delicate operation. "We have never had a comparable situation to this degree", a spokesman said.
The disposal of the bomb yesterday resulted in evacuation of the train station, the Economy Ministry, a museum and part of a hospital.
The DFS spokeswoman said airlines may need to fly with greater separation between planes than usual during that time. Via Twitter, the police thanked all public transport passengers for their understanding and wished them "a good onward journey hopefully soon". Air traffic controllers and the airport had agreed a procedure to make flights possible.
The bomb was discovered during construction work near the city's central train station.
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Experts estimate that more than 5 percent of the bombs dropped on Berlin failed to explode due to a variety of reasons, including faulty fuses, poor assembly and bad angle of impact.
The city administration estimates there are still some 3 000 bombs, grenades and ammunition remnants buried under the city.
Unexploded bombs are so prevalent that the city offers a free service to landowners who are seeking to build: a team of researchers will examine old aerial photos and data to determine whether a property may have once been bombed.