World War II bomb find sparks evacuation in Berlin

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'A short bang - there was a controlled explosion of the detonator away from the bomb, ' the police said.

Several government ministries, the German Intelligence Service, a courthouse and the Museum for Contemporary Art fall within the zone and were closed.

The 1,100lb bomb was believed to have been dropped by the British.

Police finally gave the all-clear at around 1:30pm after experts successfully disabled the bomb.

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Earlier, an 800 metre exclusion zone has been placed around the site of the bomb.

Police, who issued the warning on Wednesday, have asked residents to stay with family or friends or head to one of two emergency shelters set up at nearby schools.

The discovery had caused widescale disruption to the German capital.

More than seven decades after the end of World War II, Germany "still discovers more than 2,000 tonnes of live bombs and munitions every year", says Reuters.

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More than 363 bombing raids were carried out on Berlin during the Second World War.

A bomb defusing team pose next to a 500-kilogram World War II bomb near the main train station in Berlin, Germany, April 20, 2018 in this handout photo posted by the Berlin Police on Twitter.

It is not clear how long the work will take. For more information on trains and public transport, contact Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) and the BVG (Berlin Public Transport Network).

The British bomb has been removed, the main railway station has reopened and traffic is getting back to normal.

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The central station falls just inside the evacuation area, according to the BerlinerMorgenpost, and is a major stop for long-distance trains.