Munich: Four people were hurt, one seriously injured, when a World War II bomb blew up on a railway construction site in the German city of Munich. 

The fire brigade says it happened during drilling work near Donnersberger Bridge, close to the main station. As a result rail traffic in much of Munich was brought to a standstill.

Police say the bomb went off during tunnel work near the bridge. Local reports described a loud bang followed by a column of smoke. An excavator was overturned by the force of the


Emergency services rushed to the area and bomb disposal experts were quickly at the scene examining the remains of the bomb.

Interior Minister Joachim Hermann said the "aerial bomb" weighed 250kg.

Unexploded wartime bombs are frequently found in Germany and prompt big evacuations, but most are defused by experts without exploding.

Seventy thousand people had to leave their homes in Frankfurt in 2017 when a 1.4-tonne British "blockbuster" bomb was discovered.

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