A World War II bomb has been destroyed in a controlled explosion after being discovered at Düsseldorf Airport, forcing seven flights to be cancelled and others, suspended.
Two departures and five arrival flights were cancelled on Monday while the 275-pound bomb was destroyed, according to Associated Press.
Overall 41 flights were affected and delays are to be processed throughout the day, Germany’s Bild reported.
After being found overnight authorities decided to dispose of the bomb at the site, located away from the airport’s runway.
Sandbags were heaped around the site to dampen the force of the blast, DPA news agency reported.
Found overnight near the runway of Germany’s third largest airport, the airport said over Facebook that experts destroyed the bomb at around 8:43 am.
Flights were suspended for roughly an hour before the detonation and resumed shortly after.
Unexploded bombs dating back to the aerial bombardments of Germany during World War II are still frequently found.
Many local authorities have teams working full-time to detect and defuse them.
The biggest evacuation in Germany since the end of the war took place in 2011, when 45,000 people were forced to temporarily leave parts of Koblenz for the disposal of an unexploded Allied bomb.
Credit : Independent News