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Fire breaks out in Berlin Forest after bomb disposal explosion

Berlin (CNN)On Thursday morninga large-scale A fire has occurred. -- After several explosions at a police-run ammunition dump in the woods.

According to the Berlin fire brigade, the blaze spread over 15,000 square meters (3.7 acres).

A loud explosion could have been heard from a dump site used to dispose of old World War II military supplies, fireworks and weapons, says Karsten Homm of the Berlin Fire Service. Rigghausen told reporters.

"The situation is dangerous," Homlighausen said, adding that about 120 firefighters were battling the blaze.

Early on Thursday, the Berlin fire brigade urged residents to stay away from Grünewald.

With the threat of further explosions and flying debris from the ammunition depot, the fire brigade has not begun to systematically extinguish the blaze as emergency services initially had to keep their distance. said.

Homlighausen went on to say that the homes were not immediately threatened by the fire, but warned that the fire could spread due to the dry conditions in the forest.

This is as the country prepares for one of the hottest days of 2022. Berlin is now facing a weather warning with temperatures expected to hit 38°C (100.4°F) on Thursday, according to German weather service DWD.

City authorities requested additional task forces, including German special forces, to help put out the fire.

The fire and explosion prompted local authorities to suspend rail transport and restrict access to roads in and around the Grünewald Forest.

Munitions dating back to World War II are not uncommon in Germany.

In December 2021, four of his people were injured in an explosion caused by an old aircraft bomb near a crowded train station in the German city of Munich.

It is not known exactly when the bombs were made, but more than 70 years after the end of World War II, Germany still produces about 2,000 tons of bombs each year. Reuters reported at the time that live bombs and munitions had been found.