Bomb experts made a controlled detonation of a 250 kilo World War II bomb on Tuesday night, after they decided they could not defuse it.
Credits: REUTERS/Einsatzfoto der Berufsfeuerwehr Muenchen
A 250-kg bomb from the Second World War was detonated in a fiery explosion in central Munich Tuesday night.
About 2,500 residents as well as nearby businesses were evacuated before explosive experts detonated the rusty shell around 10 p.m.
Several videos posted on YouTube show the blast lighting up the night sky in the German city.
"It's as if the whole city blew up," an eyewitness told the Bild newspaper.
The explosion carved out a massive crater and smashed windows of nearby businesses and homes. No one was injured.
The bomb, dropped by the US sometime during a bombing blitz in the Second World War, was discovered by workers who were demolishing an old pub on Monday.
Emergency crews were called and a fire spokesman warned the bomb could "go off at anytime" and officials said it was too dangerous to dispose without detonating it.