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German city spared disruption over suspected bomb

Last Updated: Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 16:08

Berlin: German authorities have scrapped plans to cordon off part of the city of Stuttgart and shut its main station after discovering a suspected World War II bomb was actually an old water pipe.

Officials had announced that the station, a major railway hub, would be shut for several hours on Sunday while experts defused the bomb, found in a nearby park.

But city police said experts — on closer examination early Sunday — had determined the object was actually a cast-iron pipe that wasn`t marked on any map.

That meant authorities no longer needed to evacuate a 355-yard (325-meter) radius around the site or ask local residents to leave.

Unexploded World War II bombs are still found frequently in Germany, sometimes leading to large-scale evacuations as a precaution.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 16:08
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