Berlin fire under control but fears of new explosions persist

A major fire in a Berlin forest which was accompanied by several explosions at an ammunition site is now under control, say firefighters.

Fire crews rushed to the Grunewald forest fire in the west of the German capital on Thursday morning.

However, if the fire is now largely under control, there are fears of new explosions.

On Friday, authorities hope to take a closer look at the munitions site, with the help of armored vehicles and robots.

The site is far from the nearest dwellings and no one had to be evacuated. But there is still a one-kilometre exclusion zone around the site, and a nearby highway and rail line remained closed on Friday.

It is still unclear what triggered the first explosions at the munitions site.

The site was established in Cold War-era West Berlin in 1950, and fireworks, World War II munitions and other explosive ordnance were stored there before the start of the war. fire.

Controlled blasting is carried out there twice a year.

City authorities have tried to find a more suitable location to move the landfill away from the forest, but have been unsuccessful in the past.