BERLIN — A World War II bomb was defused near Berlin’s main railway station on Wednesday after trains were diverted, nearby houses evacuated and flights to the city’s main airport briefly disrupted.
The 100-kilogram bomb was found Tuesday evening at a building site near the station, which stands in a relatively sparsely populated area near what used to be the border between West and East Berlin.
Experts decided to defuse the Soviet bomb on the spot, a former freight depot. They evacuated people from a few dozen nearby buildings and diverted trains heading north toward Hamburg. Most trains, however, were able to continue running undisrupted.
As a precaution, authorities also decided briefly to stop planes landing at the city’s Tegel airport, a few miles away, while the bomb was defused — an operation that took half an hour. It wasn’t immediately clear how many flights were delayed.
Some 150 people…
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