Frankfurt plans evacuation of city area to defuse WWII bomb


Officials say the bomb was a type dropped by the British during Second World War

The Associated Press
Posted: Aug 31, 2017 9:50 AM ET
Last Updated: Aug 31, 2017 9:50 AM ET

Frankfurt city authorities plan to evacuate more than 60,000 people from their homes on Sunday to defuse a Second World War bomb found during construction work.

The 1.6 tonne bomb of a type dropped by British bombers was unearthed Tuesday. City councillor Markus Frank said Thursday it contains 1.27 tonnes of explosives.

Frank said that a radius of 1.5 kilometres around the bomb will have to be evacuated as a precaution ahead of the disposal itself, which is expected to take about four hours.

Officials are describing the planned evacuation as Germany’s biggest yet, though similar operations are still common more than 70 years after the war ended. In May, for example, around 50,000 people had to leave their homes in Hannover temporarily for a bomb disposal.

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