Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Removal of Unexploded Ordnance

U.S. Embassy Berlin, Germany

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Removal of Unexploded Ordnance

April 11, 2019

 

The Embassy alerts U.S. citizens living in or traveling to Frankfurt am Main and Wiesbaden, Germany that German officials report unexploded ordnance at two locations in Wiesbaden and Frankfurt am Main.  Authorities discovered ordnance at a site near Leipziger Strasse in Wiesbaden-Bierstadt and in the Frankfurt am Main city center, near the “Alte Bruecke” bridge.  The German authorities will disarm and dispose of the ordnance in Wiesbaden on Thursday evening, April 11, 2019, and as a routine and standard precaution, they have ordered the evacuation of the area beginning at 13:00hrs.  Authorities will dispose of the ordnance in the Frankfurt am Main city center on Sunday, April 14, 2019.  German authorities have not yet identified the timeframe for Sunday’s ordnance disposal.  U.S. citizens are advised to follow media sources regarding further details about the timing of the defusing and to expect disruptions in the city center on Sunday.

The Embassy advises U.S. citizens in both areas to comply with official directions and avoid the area during disarming.  U.S. citizens in Germany are urged to comply with police directions and street closures at all times, maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and monitor local news stations for updates.

The German authorities have a great deal of experience dealing with unexploded ordnance, and this evacuation is a necessary precaution but should not be a cause for alarm.

For further information:

  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  • The American Citizen Services Unit for the U.S. Embassy Berlin is located at Clayallee 170, 14195 Berlin, and is open by appointment only Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The telephone number for routine calls is answered 2-4 p.m. Monday–Friday +49-69-7535-0; email: acsberlin@state.gov.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, the after-hours emergency number for the U.S. Embassy Berlin is +49-30-8305-0.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt is located at Gießener Strasse 30, 60435 Frankfurt am Main. The telephone number is +49-69-7535-0 (routine calls, 2-4 p.m. Monday–Friday); e-mail: GermanyACS@state.gov.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of normal business hours, the emergency number for the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt is +49-69-7535-0.
  • The U.S. Consulate General in Munich is located at Königinstrasse 5 and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The telephone number is +49-89-2888-580 during office hours; e-mail: ConsMunich@state.gov.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance after-hours, the emergency number for the U.S. Consulate General in Munich is +49-89-2888-0.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).