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Mega fire in Berlin after explosions at the blast site - "steel beams weighing tons flown around the ears"

2022-08-04T07:48:30.647Z


Mega fire in Berlin after explosions at the blast site - "steel beams weighing tons flown around the ears" Created: 08/04/2022, 09:41 Black smoke stands over Berlin photographed from Berlin-Kreuzberg. © Gerd Roth/dpa In Berlin, a fire broke out in a storage area for police explosives. There are numerous explosions. The fire brigade can therefore hardly extinguish it. Update from August 4th, 9.


Mega fire in Berlin after explosions at the blast site - "steel beams weighing tons flown around the ears"

Created: 08/04/2022, 09:41

Black smoke stands over Berlin photographed from Berlin-Kreuzberg.

© Gerd Roth/dpa

In Berlin, a fire broke out in a storage area for police explosives.

There are numerous explosions.

The fire brigade can therefore hardly extinguish it.

Update from August 4th, 9.40 a.m .:

The Bundeswehr is also used in the fire in Berlin’s Grunewald.

As a spokesman for the fire brigade said, there are still large explosions on the square.

Currently, the emergency services have withdrawn to 1000 meters.

There are 100 firefighters and police officers on site.

Other forces and special forces of the Bundeswehr are requested.

The railway announced on its website that both regional and long-distance traffic were interrupted.

The S7 doesn't work either.

The Avus motorway, Kronprinzessinnenweg and Havelchaussee are closed in this area.

Residents should keep windows and doors closed - ventilation and air conditioning should be turned off.

"We are currently in the consultation and observation phase," the spokesman said.

Mega fire in Berlin after explosions at the blast site - "steel beams weighing tons flown around the ears"

First report from August 4, 2022:

Berlin – Explosions at a police detonation site have triggered a large-scale operation by the fire brigade in Berlin's Grunewald.

A spokesman for the Berlin fire brigade told the AFP news agency that there was a fire in an area of ​​15,000 square meters on the blasting site and in the adjacent forest.

Due to ongoing explosions at the blasting site, the fire brigade have not yet been able to start extinguishing.

Berlin: ordnance and fireworks stored - "The situation is unclear"

Ordnance and fireworks were stored at the police detonation site, the spokesman said.

“The situation is unclear.

The forest continues to burn uncontrollably.” He called on the population to avoid the area as far as possible.

According to the

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, the first alarm was at 3:30 a.m.

The first emergency services reported "steel beams weighing tons that blew up in their faces there".

A fire department spokesman told ntv.

120 firefighters are on site and a police helicopter is being used to assess the situation, the spokesman said.

The fire brigade is now preparing a so-called locking position.

The aim is to fight the fire at a distance of 1000 meters from the blast site.

The firefighters cannot get any closer so as not to endanger themselves from further explosions.

The numerous explosions can be clearly heard on a Twitter video.

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The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance declared early in the morning that "the forest and a storage facility for ammunition found by the Berlin police" were on fire.

"Explosion noises and nuisance from fire gas are to be expected." According to the police, it is not yet clear how the fire started.

The extreme heat and drought could spread the fire further and also cause problems for the emergency services.

(md with afp)

Source: merkur

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