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World War II-era bomb explodes in Munich, wounding three

Firefighters, police officers and railway employees stand on a railway site in Munich, Germany, December 1, 2021. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)
Firefighters, police officers and railway employees stand on a railway site in Munich, Germany, December 1, 2021. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

A World War II bomb explodes at a construction site next to a busy railway line in Munich, injuring three people, one of them seriously, say German police.

A column of smoke can be seen rising from the site near the Donnersbergerbruecke station. The site is located on the approach to Munich’s central station, which is a bit over a kilometer (about a half-mile) to the east. Trains to and from that station, one of Germany’s busiest, have been suspended.

Unexploded bombs are still found frequently in Germany, even 76 years after the end of the war, and often during work on construction sites. They are usually defused or disposed of in controlled explosions, a process that sometimes entails large-scale evacuations as a precaution.

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