A “deflagration” occurred at the Deutsche Bahn construction site near the Donnersberger Bridge in Munich, according to the local fire department. The bang could be heard several kilometers away. Four people were injured, including one seriously.
It turned out that there was an explosion of a 250-kilogram air bomb from World War II!
Train traffic at Munich Central Station was temporarily halted and police secured the area around the construction site. There is no danger outside the area, police wrote on Twitter.
“We are in the process of dealing with people,” – A fire department spokesman at the scene said. The exact cause of the explosion is not clear. Police said that so far there are no indications that a crime has been committed.
Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann commented: “A 250-kilogram air bomb from World War II was hit during drilling. Shrapnel flew hundreds of meters. The entire area is currently being searched.”
The Donnersberger Bridge is located near the main train station in central Munich, on Munich’s main S-Bahn line. The construction site is part of the “Zweite Stammstrecke” project, which is building an additional S-Bahn line through downtown Munich. Numerous fire engines and about 50 emergency personnel have arrived at the site, and a federal police helicopter is circling over the area.