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06 Nov 2020 | 02:06 AM UTC

Germany: Unexploded WWII ordnance prompts evacuation orders in Chemnitz November 6

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Discovery of unexploded WWII ordnance prompts evacuation orders in Chemnitz (Saxony state) for November 6; avoid the area and follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/6/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/6/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Berlin). COUNTRY/REGION Chemnitz (Saxony state)

Event

Police have issued evacuation orders for residents in the Markersdorf area of Chemnitz (Saxony state) for early on Friday, November 6, following the discovery of an unexploded 250kg (500lb) WWII bomb. Residents will be required to leave the area by 06:00 (local time) to allow security forces to attempt to defuse the bomb. Approximately 15,000 people have been affected by the order and authorities have set up several shelters for them to stay while the bomb is defused. Those who are to be evacuated must adhere to social distancing measures and wear face masks due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

A disruption to transportation and business is expected while security forces attempt to defuse the bomb.

Context

The discovery of unexploded WWII ordnance is a common occurrence in German cities. While the majority of finds go unreported and only cause limited disruption, some discoveries lead to the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents. In 2012, a 250kg (500lb) unexploded bomb in Munich was deemed unsafe for transport and had to be detonated on site, causing structural damage to nearby properties.

Advice

Individuals in Chemnitz are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area, anticipate transportation disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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