German Ministry of Defense Headquarters Evacuated After WW2 UXO Found, Bonn

At approximately 1020 EST, the German Ministry of Defense headquarters and residential buildings in Hardthohe, Bonn, Germany were evacuated due to the discovery of WW2-Era unexploded ordinance (UXO). Initially a radius of 500m was evacuated due to the presence of a British 500kg bomb. The announcement reads below:

“The preparatory work for the renovation of the Hardtbergbad is currently underway. This also includes exploratory work in the ground for possible ordnance. Now a 500-kilogram British bomb has been found. This assessment has already been made by the explosive ordnance disposal service, which is already on site for the exploratory work. The municipal security service has taken over the command of the operation and set up an operations control centre on the shooting range path.

For the evacuation, the site must be evacuated within a radius of 500 meters, which will affect not only a few residential buildings, but also the Konrad-Adenauer-Damm and the Ministry of Defense. The evacuation is expected to begin at 6 p.m. At the moment, the security service and forces of the fire brigade are getting an overview of the situation.”