Berlin authorities have begun defusing a 1,102-pound British air-bomb found during construction on Wednesday.
Evacuations of all buildings within 800 meters of the bomb site began at 9 am to facilitate defusing. Berlin Central Station falls into the evacuation area and can disturb thousands of passengers.
But on Friday morning there was more holiday atmosphere around the station as the last passengers leaving the station were slightly inferior to the reporters and TV crews who were there to interview them, and for once, only seemed to be few people complain about organization.
The same was true of the staff of Deutsche Bahn, who stood around in the radiant spring sun for free – although the evacuation, as DB spokesman Achim Stauss emphasized, was well-publicized in the local media.
"Today we feel well prepared – everyone seems to have heard in advance that it's happening," he told DW. "We have never had the scenario that the station was completely shut down for several hours," says Stauss. "So it's a challenging situation, but not as bad as other difficult situations, such as when the storms of autumn and winter completely stopped the trains."
DW reporter Rebecca Ritters was in Berlin and said the discovery of unexploded bombs was not uncommon in Germany with more than 2,000 tons of bombs and live ammunition spotted across the country each year.
This was confirmed by other tourists on the scene, such as those who stayed at a nearby hotel outside the evacuation zone. "Everyone seems very relaxed," said a German woman. "It seems the Berliners are used to it."
Others, like Velo-taxi driver Golo, saw a small chance. "This is usually a very busy place for us," he told DW. "But now that the taxis can not drive to the station and the roads are closed, I hope to pick up a few people."
Police wrote on Twitter Wednesday that the bomb is in safe condition and is not in imminent danger.
Despite the traffic disruption, Ritters said, "People are in a good mood View it as something new."
More than a million tons of bombs landed in Germany during World War II and more than a tenth was not exploded ,
A local bomb expert told Ritters that this was the case Bomb types were pretty stable while they were not moved, but once they move, it can be unsafe why the authorities took no risks.
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