60000 evacuating Frankfurt before disposal of WWII-era bomb

03 September, 2017, 22:53 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Huge WWII-era bomb successfully defused in Frankfurt

Premature babies and intensive care patients had to be evacuated along with everyone else from two hospitals and rescue workers helped about 500 elderly people leave residences and care homes.

Police helicopters will carry heat detecting cameras to detect anyone who had not left the area before the bomb disposal experts begin their task. It was at that stage the largest-ever evacuation of a German city but has now been eclipsed by the latest Frankfurt bomb.

Officials warned that the entire street could be flattened by an uncontrolled explosion of the bomb.

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German authorities are making final preparations in Frankfurt before experts defuse a huge World War II-era bomb Sunday in an operation that includes evacuating more than 60,000 residents.

The bomb, an HC-4000, contains more than 1.4 tonnes of explosives, enough to level a city block.

The device was found last week in the city's leafy Westend neighbourhood, home to many wealthy bankers. If that fails, a water jet will be used to cut the fuses away from the bomb.

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British and USA warplanes pummeled the country with 1.5 million tonnes of bombs that killed 600,000 people. It's estimated that about half the 2.7 million tonnes of bombs dropped by Allied powers during World War Two landed on German soil (compared to about 74,000 tonnes of bombs dropped on the United Kingdom by Germany).

There are believed to be hundreds of thousands of unexploded wartime bombs across Germany.

Roads and transport systems were to remain closed during the work and for at least two hours afterwards to allow patients to be transported back to hospitals.

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Those affected have been offered free entry to several of the city's museums, while shelters have also been opened for residents.

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