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Large WW2 bomb being defused in Vienna

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Large WW2 bomb being defused in Vienna
A similar 250 kg bomb was found in Floridsdorf in August 2014. Photo: APA (Pfarrhofer)
13:47 CET+01:00
According to a report from the Austrian Press Agency, a 250 kg bomb dating back to World War II was found around 8:30 am on Friday morning during construction on the site of a gas station on the refinery road in the Lobau region of Vienna.

The bomb disposal squad of the Federal Army is working to make safe a 250 kg bomb found during construction.  

Update: the bomb was destroyed in a controlled demolition at 13:00. The operation was completed safely, leaving a crater among the trees in a wooded area.

Around noon, a large area around the find was cordoned off.  Police spokesman Thomas Keiblinger said "More than 100 officers are on duty."

The disposal procedure is expected to be completed around 1 p.m.

A similar 250 kg bomb also dating back to the Second World War was found in nearby Floridsdorf in August 2014.

A picture of the bomb has been released by police.

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