Cottbus (dpa / bb) - A World War II bomb is to be defused in the city center of Cottbus this Monday.

Around 3700 people who work and live in the restricted area with a radius of 300 meters have to leave their homes by 11 a.m.

According to the city, an ambulance bus from the fire brigade, ambulance service and vehicles from Cottbusverkehr will be available in the Pushkin promenade from 8 a.m. to bring people with limited mobility to an emergency shelter.

Residents who have no alternative accommodation can stay in the sports hall of the Max-Steenbeck-Gymnasium.

Residents who are sick with Corona or who are in quarantine because of a contact are offered separate accommodation in the town house.

Also affected by the evacuation are the Technical Town Hall, the Spree-Galerie shopping center, the city hall, parts of the campus of the Brandenburg Technical University (BTU), a daycare center, a primary school and an upper school center.

The bomb was discovered on Wednesday during construction work on Virchowstrasse.

Because the detonator is in poor condition, according to the city, it should first be removed.

It was initially unclear whether the bomb would then be transported away and then detonated in a controlled manner.

That should be decided on Monday on site.


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