World War II bombs were detonated at the site for the planned Tesla factory in Grünheide (Oder-Spree) on Sunday. Police told media that the ammunition was defused "without any problems."
Unexploded bombs are often found in German cities and around them, as well as in other parts of Europe. For example, last week a 500 kg (1,100 pounds) bomb was found in the western city of Cologne.
According to local authorities, the ammunition found at the site of the future Tesla settlement is most likely an American air bomb. To date, according to the Brandenburg Ministry of the Interior, about 85 kg (187 pounds) of ammunition have been found in the forest area to be cleared. On January 6, ammunition recovery teams camped in the Gigafactory 4 forest in Grünheide. And now it's time to remove some WWII bombs found in the area.
Authorities approached the removal of these bombs with caution. Unauthorized personnel were banned in the area where the bombs were discovered. This part of the Gigafactory 4 forest has been fenced off from the public.
At 9:30 a.m. EST, all access roads to the site of the shell explosion were blocked and a 600-meter (0.37 mile) barrier circle was created. Police and firefighters attended the venue in order to ensure safety.
09:30 EST #GigaBerlin— @GF4Tesla.....#GigaBerlin. (@Gf4Tesla) January 26, 2020
Controlled blasting of the aircraft Unexploded ordnance.💣
All access roads to Tesla Forest closed, police, fire department on site, no closer approach,🤔
" being watched by the police "😯 pic.twitter.com/eceRgZoVoT
At 11:30 a.m., local time, two explosions could be heard. Thanks to the @GF4Tesla ..... # GigaBerlin, we can hear how it was.
Just a few hours later, @GF4Tesla.....#GigaBerlin, thanks to the assistance of local fire officials, was able to inspect the place where the bombs were detonated.
#GigaBerlin— @GF4Tesla.....#GigaBerlin. (@Gf4Tesla) January 26, 2020
Controlled blasting of the aircraft Unexploded ordnance 💣💣
There are 2 blasting craters about 6m diameter and about 3m deep.
(Not as impressive as I expected.)🙃
Thanks to the nice colleagues of the fire department who took me into the forest.✌🤝 pic.twitter.com/kW5SUL8MJQ
Blue dots indicate the approximate place where the bombs were detonated / Source: @GF4Tesla.....#GigaBerlin
Photo of the craters after the explosion of bombs / Source: @GF4Tesla.....#GigaBerlin
The bomb disposal operation went as planned.
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