Several hundred residents in Munich were still waiting to be allowed home on Wednesday morning after the controlled explosion of a World War II bomb.
Although normality has returned to much of the area, the event itself was anything but normal. A mass evacuation saw two and a half thousand people moved from their homes, along with many cars. Sandbags were brought in to protect surrounding buildings.
The blast blew out nearby windows and sparked several small fires.
“I run a hairdressing business. I haven’t been inside yet, we are not allowed in because there is still a danger that the building could collapse. All our windows have fallen out and the door has been split in three,” said local businesswoman Damla Sahin.
The American bomb was found by construction workers on Monday.
Unexploded wartime bombs are regularly found buried under German cities. Most are routinely defused. But attempts to make this one safe failed due to the complex nature of the detonator. The decision was taken to blow it up.
Experts warn the ageing process means unexploded wartime bombs are becoming increasingly dangerous.