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Four people were injured when an old plane bomb exploded on a bridge near Munich’s busy main station, police said on Twitter, raising the number of injured from three previously. Munich firefighters said one of the people was seriously injured. More than 2,000 tons of live bombs and ammunition are discovered in Germany each year, more than 70 years after the end of World War II. British and American warplanes bombarded the country with 1.5 million tons of bombs that killed 600,000 people. Authorities estimate that 15% of the bombs did not explode, some of which were buried six meters deep in the ground. The explosion occurred while the site was being drilled to build a tunnel, police said, adding that the area had been cordoned off. “There is no danger outside this area,” police said. Explosives experts were summoned to the scene to examine the remains of the bomb, firefighters said. Due to the explosion, train travel to and from the main station has been suspended, according to rail operator Deutsche Bahn. It was not clear when rail traffic would resume. Bombs from WWII are regularly discovered during construction work in Germany and are usually defused by experts or destroyed in controlled explosions. However, there have been cases of fatal explosions in the past. Three explosives experts from the police in Goettingen were killed in 2010 as they prepared to defuse a 1000 pound bomb and in 2014 a construction worker in Euskirchen was killed when his mechanical shovel struck a buried bomb of 4,000 pounds. In 1994, three Berlin construction workers were killed in a similar accident. In 2012, a fireball lit the sky over Munich, causing millions of euros in damage to 17 buildings, when authorities had to detonate a deteriorated 500-pound bomb. In 2015, a 1,000-pound bomb dug a three-meter-deep hole in a highway near Offenbach in central Germany. Associated Australian Press




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