At least four injured as WW2 bomb explodes outside train station

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At least four people have been injured – with one of them sustaining serious injuries – and a building has collapsed as a result of an explosion caused by a 550lb World War Two bomb outside a train station in Munich, Germany.

The explosion occurred during construction works near Donnersbergerbruecke station, with emergency services arriving swiftly on the scene, including more than 40 police officers and two helicopters.

Both Munich Police and Germany's Deutsche Bahn rail service confirmed on Twitter the accidental detonation of a WWII-era "aerial bomb" had been the cause of the blast.

Munich police spokesperson, Peter Werthmann, said: "At this time there is no evidence of criminal offenses. According to initial findings, we have three (later updated to four) injured people, the danger area is largely cordoned off and train traffic is blocked on the main route.

"There is no danger outside the immediate area."

Due to the explosion, rail travel to and from the main train station was suspended for a period of time, but Deutsche Bahn said the suspension has been lifted and journeys will slowly be returning to normal – with some delays and cancellations still possible.

Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said: "During drilling, an aerial bomb weighing 250 kilograms from the Second World War was hit. Debris flew hundreds of meters. The whole area is currently being searched."

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More than 2,000 tonnes of live bombs and munitions are discovered each year in Germany, more than 70 years after the end of WWII.

Warplanes dropped approximately 1.5 million tonnes of bombs, though officials estimate 15% of the devices failed to explode, some burrowing as far as six meters into the ground.

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