Unexploded WWII bomb found at German museum site

BERLIN (AP) - German police say a World War II bomb uncovered
during construction at the Neues Museum in central Berlin has
caused evacuations and traffic jams.

Police would not confirm reports that the apartment of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who lives nearby, needed to be evacuated.

A Berlin police statement says the 220-pound (100-kilogram) unexploded bomb appears to be a type used by the Russians during
the war. Officers evacuated a 985-foot (300-meter) area around the
bomb Friday afternoon, disrupting nearby train and streetcar
service.

The statement said experts were working to dispose of the bomb
Friday evening.

Unexploded bombs from World War II are still found frequently in
Germany. Disposing of them sometimes involves precautionary
evacuations like Friday's.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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