More than thirty five years after the last bomber raids overs Germany, East Berliners are finding that there are still parts of Western technology firmly implanted in their soil.
SV EXT Police car driving down street announcing that bomb is being disposed and advising people of temporary evacuation from Lichtenberg district, East Berlin
GV Traffic being diverted
SV PAN Ambulance taking infirm and elderly to hospital for evacuation
GV & CU Bomb being dismantled (3 shots)
GV TILT DOWN Building to traffic in streets after diffusion of bomb
SV Warning sign in countryside around Erfurt, East Germany with a bomb disposal team searching munition with metal detectors (3 shots)
SV & CU Sign saying closed for duration of disposal of bomb
CU Major Helmut Zinke, bomb disposal expert removing detonator from bomb (2 shots)
GV Bomb being pulled out of crater
SV & GV Man blowing warning horn as bombs are exploded (2 shots)
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Background: More than thirty five years after the last bomber raids overs Germany, East Berliners are finding that there are still parts of Western technology firmly implanted in their soil. The latest discovery was a ten hundredweight unexploded American bomb found in the East Berlin suburb of Lichtenberg. It's suspected that there are still a vast number of unexploded bombs lying beneath the city.
SYNOPSIS: Police were quickly on the scene after the bomb was found, calling on residents to evacuate the site.
About 1,500 people left the area, road blocks were set up and traffic re-routed. The old and infirm were taken to nearby hospitals and businesses were closed. Many of the people would well remember the blitzbombing of 1945 but younger East Germans might be surprised to learn that it was an American bomb. The East German media rarely mentions the role Allied forces played during the war. They are officially described as "anti-Hitler coalition forces." This bomb was successfully dismantled by Hauptman Heinrich Lute, a bomb expert who has become famous for his disposal work.
Parts of East Germany are still littered with was debris. Bombs and grenades are often found with metal detectors. This team is searching for munition in Erfurt near the little village of Nordhausen which was nearly completely destroyed by bombing. Leading the team ... Major Helmut Zinke who has defused more than two hundred bombs in the area.
Once again the site is closed off while Major Zinke attempts to remove the detonator. Ironically many of the bombs that American planes showered on East Germany during the final days of the war have gone back into German industry to re-build the country. This bomb is bound for the local iron foundry where it will be melted down.
Some bombs are considered too risky to dismantle and the team has no alternative but to explode them.