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Four people were injured, one of whom was seriously injured, in a World War II bombing at a construction site next to a busy railway line in Munich on Wednesday, German officials said.

A column of smoke was seen rising from the site near Donnersbergerbruecke station. The construction site for a new commuter train line is located on the approach to Munich’s central station, a little more than a kilometer (about half a mile) to the east.


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One of the busiest stations in Germany, trains to and from that station were suspended, but service resumed in the mid-afternoon. Some local trains were evacuated. The fire service said there was no damage to the tracks.

Even 76 years after the end of the war, and often during work on construction sites, unexploded bombs are still found in Germany. They are usually inactivated or disposed of in controlled explosions, a process that sometimes requires large-scale evacuations as a precaution.

The German news agency DPA reported that the interior minister of Bavaria’s state, Joachim Herrmann, said a 250-kilogram (550 lb) bomb had been found during drilling operations.

Herrmann said authorities should now investigate why it was not discovered earlier. He noted that such construction sites are usually carefully scanned beforehand for potential non-detonated bombs.