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Unexploded bomb shuts down Dortmund stadium

26 February 2015, 16:15

Berlin - An unexploded World War II bomb was found near Borussia Dortmund's stadium on Thursday, forcing the Bundesliga club to shut down some of their operations.

The British bomb was found at a parking area near the west tribune of the Signal Iduna Park hours before coach Jurgen Klopp's news conference ahead of the Ruhr valley derby against Schalke 04 on Saturday.

Also read: Big derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke

It was discovered after viewing aerial photographs, city officials said.

Efforts to defuse the bomb and render it safe would start later on Thursday afternoon.

"It is not yet known how long the stadium area will remain off limits," Dortmund, who shut their Fan World space and club museum, said in a brief statement.

Unexploded World War II ordnance is a relatively common occurrence in Germany where several million tonnes of bombs were dropped during the war by Allied and Soviet forces.

The city of Dortmund suffered extensive destruction during bombing raids.

- Reuters


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