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

Lucy Hill
September 3, 2017

The reason is the disposal of a British bomb from the Second World War, Reuters reported.

Around 21,000 people had to leave the area in Koblenz as the 500-kilogramme (1,100-pound) bomb was successfully defused, before the fire brigade allowed residents to return to their homes.

The city's trade fair is being used as a temporary shelter during the estimated four hour bomb defusing operation. Others sat in cafes on the edge of the evacuation zone.

The device was found last week in the city's leafy Westend neighborhood, home to many wealthy bankers. The evacuation area includes Germany's central bank, the Bundesbank, where US$70 billion (RM298.9 billion) in gold reserves are stored.

Police set up cordons around the evacuation area, which covered a radius of 1.5 kilometers, as residents hauling suitcases or riding bicycles left the zone.

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On Saturday, authorities in the German financial capital began evacuating patients from two hospitals.

Police will ring every doorbell and use helicopters with heat-sensing cameras to make sure nobody is in the area before they diffuse the bomb, and anyone who refuses to leave would be forcibly removed. An estimated 10 percent of the bombs failed to explode. About half the 2.7 million tonnes of bombs dropped by Allied powers during World War Two landed on German soil.

The Sunday evacuation is the largest seen in Germany since the war.

Among those moved to safety are prison inmates and hospital patients.

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