Bomb Squad Called to World Cup Arena

Bomb Squad Called to World Cup Arena
# 12 December 2012 22:06 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA.Bomb squad officers have been called to the site of a World Cup 2018 stadium in Moscow after construction workers found an object thought to be an unexploded aerial bomb.

The device was found less than 300 meters from the Spartak stadium’s south stand during work to build the 43,000-capacity stadium, APA reports quoting Ria Novosti.

“A device similar to an aerial bomb has been found,” a statement on the stadium’s official website said.

“Stadium employees are awaiting the arrival of specialists in defusing aerial bombs. A police cordon is around the bomb.”

Work on the stadium had not been interrupted, the statement said.

Moscow was bombed by the German air force during Second World War battles near the then-Soviet capital in late 1941 and early 1942.

Last month, a construction worker at the site died in a fall.

The arena in northwest Moscow is scheduled to be completed next year, and has been proposed as a venue for the 2017 Confederations Cup.