Sunday 31st January 2021
8,000 people evacuated
Four duds blown up in Göttingen
The discovery of four bombs from the Second World War resulted in a large-scale operation in Göttingen in Lower Saxony. Thousands of people have to leave their homes. For this, even the corona measures are being relaxed for a short time.
In Göttingen, four bombs from World War II were successfully detonated by the ordnance disposal service. Exploration teams then checked the area for possible damage, as the city administration announced on Sunday night. According to the first findings, there were no injuries.
For security reasons, more than 8,000 people had to leave their homes. A danger zone with a radius of 1000 meters was set up around the site. In addition to several streets, the Göttingen train station was also closed. According to the city administration, the closures should only be lifted when all buildings in the area have been checked for possible damage. This could drag on until the early hours of the morning on Sunday.
The duds were ten hundredweight bombs with long detonators from the Second World War. They had been found during exploratory work. According to the city, around 1,800 helpers were involved in several shifts in the evacuation and defusing.
The work of the ordnance disposal service was delayed twice because people were still in the restricted area after the evacuation. The police escorted two of them out of the danger zone.
With a few exceptions, the evacuation went according to plan, said the head of the Göttingen police station, Rainer Nolte. The authorities set up several evacuation centers. About 260 people gathered there. Most of the residents stayed with friends and relatives. The corona regulations were temporarily suspended for the special situation. The Göttingen station had been closed since 7:00 a.m. and the important north-south connection of the Deutsche Bahn was interrupted; long-distance traffic was diverted.