Leipzig: bomb found during construction work – evacuation plan

Leipzig. A live 250-pound bomb was found during construction work at the new “Hornbach” hardware store in the old trade fair center in Leipzig on Wednesday morning.

According to a police spokeswoman, the bomb was found shortly after 10 am during excavation work. “The historic bomb is about a meter long. Then an EOD service was called. Police cordoned off the area everywhere,” the spokeswoman said.

It is now certain that the bomb will be defused. According to the city administration, a restricted area of ​​800 meters will be established around the site for this purpose. A proper evacuation is planned with firefighters and police.

Important instructions:

  • information about blocking circle (800 meters around the site) and the streets that were specifically affected can be found on the website of the city of Leipzig
  • World Health Organization Help leave his apartment Required, the citizen’s hotline can be contacted at 0341 123-3333
  • emergency shelters There are two locations: Anton-Philipp-Reclam-School and Tarostraße 4 and Pablo-Neruda-School on Tarostraße 6

Live tape of the bomb disposal in Leipzig:

12:30 a.m.: Bomb deactivated

At about 0.30 am, the Leipzig fire brigade announced that the bomb had been dismantled. The closure will be lifted soon.

11:45 pm: Defuse begins

As reported by Fire Department spokesman Torsten Colby, defusing began around 11:45 p.m.

10:45 pm: Bomb disposal imminent

According to a Fire Department spokesperson, Torsten Colby, the evacuation in the restricted area is largely complete. “At 10:30 p.m., all emergency services were asked to leave the restricted area,” Kolbe told Sächsische.de. The fire brigade announced on Twitter: “According to current information, the closure will continue until midnight. If anything changes in the situation, we will of course inform you.”

The Leipzig public transport company also reported the corresponding reports about their trains and buses being stopped or diverted on Twitter.

Now the actual defusing begins in the next few moments. How long this lasts is not clear. “The demolition expert will take all the time he needs,” Colby says.

9:20 pm: Do I really have to leave my apartment?

If you are asked to vacate your home, you must leave. Before that, a demolition expert makes a predictive decision about the area around the bomb site where the lives and limbs of the residents could be endangered. Eviction from the apartment becomes legally binding – for the police and those affected alike.

“If there are indications that people are still in an apartment, emergency services will open it,” police said. She advises proceeding with the application immediately and without discussion if possible. “The sooner you start disarming.”

If you hide in the house anyway, you risk losing any claims for damages and also criminal prosecution, for example if you endanger others through your behaviour.

9:06 PM: No set timetable yet

It has not yet begun to defuse the World War II bomb in southern Leipzig. According to the fire department, more than 95 percent of people have already been evacuated, but some do not want to leave their homes. This is in addition to evacuating many bedriddens, especially from tall buildings, which delays the start of the heating defusing process.

Several rescue workers from the German Red Cross are in the restricted area and have taken people out of the area, some in special wheelchair buses. As reported by fire brigade spokesman Torsten Colby, just over 100 people have so far arrived at the emergency shelters set up by the city.

According to him, the defusing process will certainly take place on Wednesday, even if it is at night. The EOD service will wait until the evacuation is complete.

7:22 p.m.: You haven’t started defuse yet

Even after 7 p.m., the defusing procedure had not yet begun. According to the fire department, the evacuation is continuing.

According to the information, there are only a small number of three-digit residents in the two emergency shelters in the city.

6:02 p.m.: Massive rush hour traffic

Traffic increases dramatically around the evacuation area in Alte Messe. B2 is not acceptable to the south. The detours are also crowded. Police and firefighters are blocking roads and keeping rescue lanes clear.

Traffic jam on the B2 road in south Leipzig. Streets are crowded during rush hour. There are long traffic jams.
© Eric Holm Langove

5:38 p.m.: Evacuation must be completed by 7 p.m.

The closure removal process is in progress. According to the firefighters, all apartments and buildings were supposed to be evacuated by 7pm so that defuse work could begin before dark.

On site, the EOD service prepares to defuse a World War II bomb.

Final preparations for defusing are underway at the bomb site.

Final preparations for defusing are underway at the bomb site.
© Eric Holm Langove

5:15 pm: Many stores have to be evacuated

The police and the city public order office are not only evacuating apartment buildings, but also many furniture stores, car dealers and supermarkets. In addition, part of the university will be disinfected.

Police officers clear a supermarket in the restricted area.

Police officers clear a supermarket in the restricted area.
© Eric Holm Langove

The police department answers questions and contacts several homes.

The police department answers questions and contacts several homes.
© Eric Holm Langove

Police closed several streets.

Police closed several streets.
© Eric Holm Langove

4:57 pm: LVB drives with limitations

The Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB) will run with restrictions from 5pm. Due to the disposal of bombs, many buses and trams have been shortened or run detours. LVB reports this on Twitter.

4.40 pm: Police and the city of Leipzig in a large-scale operation

Several police cars and officers from the Leipzig Police Authority can be seen around the site in the restricted area. They plan to evacuate and secure the site where the bomb was found.

Several police cars are parked around the site to secure it.

Several police cars are parked around the site to secure it.
© SZ

4:27 p.m.: Evacuation begins at 5 p.m.

According to fire department spokesperson Thorsten Kolbe, evacuation in the restricted area around the site begins at 5 p.m. Up to 3,500 people must be evacuated. The Public Order Office, firefighters and police will work together to notify residents to leave their apartment.

For people who can’t find housing, the city provides emergency housing in school gyms for the time to defuse work. Corresponding information as well as a complete overview of all affected streets can be found on the website of the city of Leipzig.

According to Colby, defusing the bomb should be done in sunlight. “This means we want to complete the work by nightfall so that people can go home,” a fire department spokesman said.

3.30pm: Restricted area around the site

The Leipzig Fire Brigade has set up an 800-meter exclusion zone around the site. Residents and people are likely to have to leave this restricted area in the afternoon:

The following parts of the city of Leipzig have been declared a restricted area by the fire brigade.  They will be evacuated in the afternoon.

The following parts of the city of Leipzig have been declared a restricted area by the fire brigade. They will be evacuated in the afternoon.
© Fire Department Leipzig

3:15 p.m.: Firefighters announce evacuation

We start our live bar of bomb disposal in Leipzig. According to fire department spokesperson Thorsten Kolbe, at least 3,500 people should be evacuated around the bomb site in the afternoon/evening. The city plans a proper evacuation with firefighters and police. Parts of the University of Leipzig are also affected.

The full statement from Fire Department spokesperson Thorsten Colby:

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