BERLIN (Sputnik) — The US-made bomb was found near Cologne City Hall, the Express newspaper reported. The bomb had a damaged detonator, and therefore could not be rendered harmless at the site.
According to the local authorities, cited by the newspaper, the bomb does not currently pose any danger, and no evacuation is necessary. The bomb will be exploded at a landfill later today, the newspaper said.
Police and firefighters are currently at the site. Entry to the city hall is being controlled by guards.
The Cologne City Hall, which consists of several structures, houses part of the city government, including the city council and offices of the lord mayor. It is Germany's oldest city hall.