WWII bomb explodes in Munich injuring 4 people near busy railway line

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A World War II bomb exploded on Wednesday at a construction site next to a busy railway line in Munich, injuring four people, one seriously, German authorities said.

A column of smoke was seen rising from the site near Donnersbergerbruecke station. The construction site for a new commuter rail line is located on the approach to Munich Central Station, just over a kilometer (about half a mile) to the east.

Trains to and from this station, one of Germany’s busiest, were suspended but service resumed mid-afternoon. A few local trains were evacuated. The fire department said there was no damage to the tracks.

Unexploded bombs are still frequently found in Germany, even 76 years after the end of the war, and often when working on construction sites. They are usually defused or eliminated in controlled explosions, a process that sometimes involves large-scale evacuations as a precaution.

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said the 250-kilogram (550-pound) bomb was discovered during drilling work, German news agency dpa reported.

Herrmann said authorities must now investigate why he was not discovered sooner. He noted that these construction sites are usually carefully scanned in advance for possible unexploded bombs.

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