December 21, 2014
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 unexploded bomb appears to be a type used by the Russians during the war. Officers evacuated a 985-foot 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.
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