The Berlin fire is under control but fears of more explosions remain

Firefighters said a large fire in a Berlin forest with several explosions at a munitions site has now been contained.

Firefighters rushed to the blaze in the Grunewald Forest, west of the German capital, on Thursday morning.

However, while the fire is now largely under control, there are fears of more explosions.

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

The site is far from the nearest homes and no one has been evacuated. But there is still a one kilometer exclusion zone around the site and the nearby highway and railway line remained closed on Friday.

It is not yet clear what caused the first explosions at the munitions site.

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

Controlled bangs are carried out there twice a year.

City authorities have made attempts to find a more suitable site to move the landfill away from the forest, but have failed to do so in the past.

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