WWII unexploded American bomb found in Germany Cologne CREDIT PA IMAGES 210120.jpg
Germany

WWII American Bomb Defused In Germany

A television station and an opera house were evacuated while the diffusion operation took place in the city of Cologne.

WWII unexploded American bomb found in Germany Cologne CREDIT PA IMAGES 210120.jpg

An unexploded American Second World War bomb has been successfully defused in the German city of Cologne.

The 1,100lb bomb was found on Monday evening during construction near the Rhine River in the centre of the city.

A TV station and an opera house were evacuated while the diffusion operation took place.

Shipping on the river and air traffic overhead were also interrupted before the bomb was defused.

Officials closed down a bridge across the Rhine that takes most trains to Cologne's main railway station, one of Germany's major rail hubs.

The suspension of traffic in Cologne led to delays in train services across all of Germany.

Almost 75 years after the end of the war, unexploded bombs are frequently found in the country.

Disposing of them sometimes entails large-scale evacuations as a precaution.

Cover image: The ten-ten-ton World War II bomb that had been defused by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Service (Picture: Roberto Pfeil/DPA/PA).