Emergency steps have been taken to close one of Prague’s main bridges to traffic after a report highlighting its dangerous state. The moves came fast on the heels of warnings that many other bridges are in a poor state of repair and follows the collapse of one walkway over the Vltava at the end of last year.
Officials at the Ministry of Culture say they are preparing for one of Prague’s bridges, Libeň, to be declared a cultural monument. The move comes in the face of proposals from Prague City Hall for a massive restoration of the bridge. Conservationists say the planned works amount to its demolition. The bridge was designed by Pavel Janák and opened in 1928. It has been described as the sole Cubist-style bridge in the world. A previous attempt to give the bridge heritage status in 2004 failed.
A fire at a company manufacturing spare car parts in Trutnov, north Bohemia has claimed its second victim after one of the critically injured employees died in hospital overnight. The fire broke out early on Thursday shortly after the work day started; one person died in the blaze, five were airlifted to hospital with serious injuries. Five firefighters units and two helicopters fought to contain the blaze for most of the day and remained on site throughout the night cooling the debris. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
Five firefighter units and two helicopters are working to extinguish a blaze at a company manufacturing spare car parts in Trutnov, north Bohemia. The fire reportedly broke out at a gas filling facility at seven a.m. on Thursday. Five people suffered injuries and one person is reported missing. The fire produced a thick dark smoke and explosions are still being heard from the premises, preventing rescue workers from entering the place. The whole area remains closed to traffic for safety reasons.
Tribute has been paid to the great Czech industrialist Emil Kolben, with the unveiling of a plaque at his former Prague home on Wednesday morning. Kolben, who died in the Holocaust, co-founded one of the country’s most important electrical engineering companies – and today a street and metro station in the capital bear his name.
Part of a motorcycle production plant in Týnec nad Sázavou was damaged by a fire that broke out on Friday evening. According to reports, a warehouse as well as a building condemned to be demolished were damaged. Damage at the Jawa factory has been estimated at around 600,000 crowns. Fire fighters have suggested that the fire was set intentionally.
A number of commemorative events are being held in the Czech capital on
the occasion of the 70-year anniversary of the assassination of Gestapo
chief and governor of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard
Heydrich. An exhibition that opened in Prague’s Libeň neighborhood on
Saturday gives insight into the training of the resistance fighters who
killed the Nazi leader, as well as everyday life during that era.
Sunday marks the 70-year-anniversary of Operation Anthropoid, the targeted killing of Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich. The operation was carried out in Prague on May 27, 1942. British-trained Czech commandos parachuted into the Nazi-held protectorate and severely injured Heydrich by tossing a bomb into his car. He died as a result from the injuries suffered in the attack. The Gestapo chief's assassination became a symbol of Czech independence and was later hailed as an important moment in the resistance movement. His death led to a wave of revenge acts, including the Lidice massacre.
Two years ago, representatives of 46 governments gathered at the former Nazi concentration camp in Terezín, an hour’s drive north of Prague. Among the many pledges contained within the pages of the Terezín Declaration was a promise to expedite the return of private property seized from Jews during the Holocaust and still not returned. Many descendants, however, are still waiting to get their family's property back.
It was exactly 120 years ago this week that Praguers got their first ride in an electric tram. Today they are a staple of the city’s hilly streets and state-of-the-art wagons have long been one of the country’s best products. To mark the occasion and remind the city what its first trams were like, the National Technical Museum has opened up its garage and sent a fleet of historic trams back out into the traffic.
Firefighters have managed to contain a raging fire at a plastic waste disposal factory in the town of Chropyn. The emergency operation lasted for two days after a series of gas explosions on the site of the plant fuelled the fire further. Three hundred people living in the close vicinity were evacuated on Friday after heavy toxic fumes filled the air. It is not clear when they will be able to return to their homes. Forty fire crews were called to the site of the accident.