WATCH: Leopard tanks deployed to forest fire following explosion at police blast site in Berlin’s Grunewald

WATCH: Leopard tanks deployed to forest fire following explosion at police blast site in Berlin's Grunewald

Green forest Grunewald Berlin full of trees in late summer or autumn. Image: Irina Stutz/

FIREFIGHTERS are currently tackling a huge forest fire in Berlin’s Grunewald after an explosion at a police blast site on Thursday, August 4.

A large-scale operation began in the Grunewald region of Germany’s capital of Berlin after a fire erupted in the forest at a police bomb disposal site. Leopard armoured tanks have been deployed to help with operation.

Videos circulating online show the extent of the explosion and subsequent forest fire.

“Here you can see the explosions in Grunewald. Recorded from the roof of the Corbusierhaus in Westend by in-house technician Michael von Rein,” one account on Twitter wrote.

Another wrote: “Forest fire rages after explosion at police blast site in Berlin‘s Grunewald forest.”

Smoke can be seen billowing from Wannsee in the southwestern Berlin borough of Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Germany.

Uncontrolled explosions have been occurring at a police detonation site since early morning. The adjacent #Grunewald is also affected. The extinguishing work is extremely difficult,” wrote news outlet @ZDFheute.

“Large-volume water supply over long distances and locking position on the blocking circuit are set up. Air support is provided by a police helicopter and a drone. A fire-fighting helicopter and armoured vehicles from the Bundeswehr were requested,” the Berlin fire department wrote.

“Now comes the very heavy equipment: Bundeswehr brings “Leopard” armoured recovery vehicles to the forest fire. He should explore the Grunewald, if necessary cut firebreaks,” Julius Betschka said.

The forest fire has burned through 15,000 square metres so far.

According to the police and fire brigade, the Avus is expected to remain closed all day. Rail traffic between Berlin Central Station and Potsdam is also interrupted.

The explosion at the police explosives site in Berlin comes a day after an explosion injured several people at a nitrocellulose factory in France.

An explosion at a nitrocellulose factory in France’s Bergerac on Wednesday, August 3, led to a woman being airlifted to Bordeaux University Hospital and several others being treated for less serious injuries.

The Manuco nitrocellulose factory is a world-class Energetic Nitrocellulose supplier for the defence, outdoors, law enforcement, pyrotechnics and civil explosives industries,” according to their website.

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