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Experts begin defusing 11 tons of explosives found in Munich

A digger stands in front of a house where a large amount of explosive materials was found in Munich, Germany, Monday, March 13, 2017.  Explosives experts have begun defusing 10 metric tons (11 tons) of World War II ammunition discovered beneath an apartment building’s yard in Munich. Authorities say the operation will take almost two months and nearby residents will have to stay away from the site during working hours for that period.   ( Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)

A digger stands in front of a house where a large amount of explosive materials was found in Munich, Germany, Monday, March 13, 2017. Explosives experts have begun defusing 10 metric tons (11 tons) of World War II ammunition discovered beneath an apartment building’s yard in Munich. Authorities say the operation will take almost two months and nearby residents will have to stay away from the site during working hours for that period. ( Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Explosives experts have begun defusing 10 metric tons (11 tons) of World War II ammunition discovered beneath an apartment building's yard in the southern German city of Munich.

Authorities said Monday the operation will take almost two months and nearby residents will have to stay away from the site during working hours for that period.

The explosives, including grenades, had lain underground from the time that they were dumped sometime after the end of the war in 1945 until they were discovered by construction workers last week.

WWII-era bombs and other explosives are regularly found in Germany.