World War II bomb defused outside Borussia Dortmund stadium

Thursday February 26th, 2015

An unexploded World War II bomb was discovered close to Borussia Dortmund’s soccer stadium in Germany, forcing authorities to clear the area on Thursday.

The club had to relocate a news conference because the 80,000-seat stadium was in the evacuated area. The bomb was found in a parking area west of the Signal Iduna Park and discovered by aerial photographs.

Authorities said that the 550-pound bomb was British and was defused later Thursday. The team reopened their Fan World space and club museum after the bomb had been defused. 

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Unexploded ordnance from World War II are still periodically found in Germany.

Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 to Juventus in the Champions League round of 16 first leg on Tuesday. In Bundesliga play, Dortmund currently sits 12th in the standings, 30 points behind leader Bayern Munich.

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