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The explosion in Schwabing last night.
The explosion in Schwabing last night.
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Video: WWII bomb detonated in Munich by disposal experts

Explosion damaged nearby properties, but none are in danger of collapse, according to local media reports.
Aug 29th 2012, 5:55 PM 7,653 42

AN AMERICAN BOMB dating back to World War II has been detonated in the German city of Munich after bomb disposal experts ascertained that it could not be defused.

The 250-kg device was discovered by builders on Monday evening, forcing the evacuation of around 2,500 people from the area.

The explosion was carried out shortly before 10pm yesterday and the bomb was surrounded with special material by the disposal experts before it was detonated in an effort to limit the resulting damage.

The Munich Eye reports that explosion smashed windows, cracked nearby buildings and started a spate of fires that were quickly controlled. The cost of the damage has not yet been calculated.

Structural examinations of the properties have been carried out since the explosion and no buildings are deemed in danger of collapse, the Abendzeitung München reports.

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