Essen: giant bomb found ++ defusing today!

Essen. Usually the bomb duds you get in Essen finds “only” a weight between 250 and 500 kilograms. But the colossus, which was discovered yesterday Tuesday in Stoppenberg, offers almost twice as much.

An aerial mine with three impact fuses was discovered on Kapitelacker Street, at number 26. The content: 840 kilos of explosives! Today the mega explosive device is supposed to be in Essen be defused.

Essen: 840 kilo bomb in Stoppenberg is defused ++ All information here

According to the city of Essen, the defusing requires a longer lead time, which is why it is only being defused today.

In the recent past, such an air mine never had to be defused in Essen. The amount of explosives also increases the evacuation radius considerably.

Wednesday October 13th

10:10 am: As soon as the mitigation begins, this will also have an impact on the rail network. As the city announced, both the main Essen – Gelsenkirchen and the Oberhausen – Altenessen – Gelsenkirchen lines are affected.

The passengers should be prepared for large diversions.

9.41 a.m .: From 10.30 a.m., the city of Essen will also issue additional siren warnings when the evacuation begins.

8.43 a.m .: As the city of Essen announced, the Altenessen Citizens’ Registration Office will remain closed today due to the defusing. The Ruhr Museum won’t open today either.

The job centers center-north and north-east at Lützowstrasse 49 should remain open as long as possible.

7.26 a.m .: At 8:30 a.m. today, the evacuation begins before the mega-bomb is defused. As the city of Essen announced, the old people’s and nursing homes in the area will be cleared first.

From 10.30 a.m., residents in private apartments should also leave the restricted area.

Tuesday October 12th

3.47 p.m .: In fact, all buildings within a kilometer of the bomb site are affected. To be on the safe side, residents in the extended area are prohibited from being outdoors during the disarming process.


A few facts about the city of Essen:

  • goes back to the women’s monastery in Essen, which was founded before 850
  • 582,760 inhabitants, nine districts and 50 districts, fourth largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia
  • since 1958 seat of the newly founded diocese of Essen
  • Landmarks among others: Zeche Zollverein, Villa Hügel, Grugapark Essen
  • was European Capital of Culture in 2010 and European Green Capital in 2017
  • Lord Mayor is Thomas Kufen (CDU)


Road traffic could also be disrupted. People familiar with the area are therefore asked to drive around the area as far as possible.


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For questions about bomb disposal, a citizen phone was set up that can be reached on Wednesday from 8 a.m. on 0201 123-8888. (at)

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