Unexploded WW-II bomb found in Frankfurt, 65000 residents evacuated

03 September, 2017, 21:00 | Author: Franklin Nunez
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Police said the size of the bomb made extensive evacuation measures a necessary precaution.

The operation came a day before three times as many people must leave their homes in Frankfurt to allow for a Royal Air Force bomb to be neutralised, in the biggest evacuation of its kind in postwar Germany.

The police said that the demining works kicked off on the site following the evacuation.

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About 21,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes and workplaces in the western city of Koblenz as a precaution before specialists attempt to defuse the 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) United States bomb on Saturday afternoon.

Authorities began evacuating hospitals and care homes Saturday, as well as the German federal reserve and a major local broadcaster. Almost 60,000 people are expected to leave their homes on Sunday when the bomb is scheduled to be disposed of. Others sat in cafes on the edge of the evacuation zone.

Bomb disposal experts were to use a special system to try and unscrew the fuses attached to the HC 4,000 bomb from a safe distance.

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About 150,000 unexploded bombs dropped by British and American planes are believed to by lying across Germany.

On Wednesday, a 1.4-tonne United Kingdom bomb was found on a building site on Wismarer Strasse in Frankfurt. Officials estimate 15 per cent of the bombs failed to explode, some burrowing six metres deep. In July, a kindergarten was evacuated after teachers discovered an unexploded World War Two bomb on a shelf among some toys.

"This bomb has more than 1.4 tonnes of explosives", Frankfurt fire chief Reinhard Ries said.

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Museums were offering residents free entry today, and many hotels offered discounts.

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