BERLIN: A World War II bomb was destroyed in a controlled explosion on Monday at the main international airport in the western German city of Duesseldorf, briefly halting air traffic, PTI reports
Flights at the hub, Germany’s third busiest in terms of passengers, were interrupted for an hour in the morning while the 125-kilogramme bomb was neutralized, the airport said in a statement.
Two departing flights and five arrivals were axed from the schedule and 34 other flights had to be brought forward or delayed on safety grounds, an airport spokesman said.The bomb had been discovered overnight near the main runway during construction work. Before it was exploded, the bomb was placed in an eight-metre deep hole to limit any collateral damage.
In 2009, a 500-kilo bomb was unearthed near the site and destroyed. Seventy years after the end of fighting, parts of Germany remain riddled with unexploded bombs from the Allied campaigns, and construction workers regularly uncover them, often leading to mass evacuations.