BERLIN (AP) – Explosives experts have begun defusing 10 metric tons (11 tons) of World War II ammunition discovered beneath an apartment building’s yard in the southern German city of Munich in the Freimann-Kieferngarten area. The entire area has been evacuated as a preventative measure.
Authorities said Monday the operation will take almost two months and nearby residents will have to stay away from the site during working hours for that period.
Local resident Randy Caldwell said, “My neighborhood is a ghost town with police encircling the whole thing and a major command and control center in conjunction with the fire department just outside the perimeter. I can say it was strange watching neighbor after neighbor pack their cars and drive away last night. This morning I woke up to a ghost town and a policeman guarding the street outside my house.”
The explosives, including grenades, had lain underground from the time that they were dumped sometime after the end of the war in 1945 until they were discovered by construction workers last week.
Caldwell added, “About 200 people are sleeping over somewhere. I offered my home to some neighbors, but they decided to move further away. At any minute, I could be forced out too. 10 tons is a lot of blasting power.”
Video with German voice-over:
A digger stands in front of a house where a large amount of explosive materials was found in Munich, Germany, Monday, March 13, 2017. Explosives experts have begun defusing 10 metric tons (11 tons) of World War II ammunition discovered beneath an apartment building’s yard in Munich.
Authorities say the operation will take almost two months and nearby residents will have to stay away from the site during working hours for that period. ( Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)
WWII-era bombs and other explosives are regularly found in Germany.
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