Frankfurt evacuates 60000 residents ahead of effort to dispose of old bomb

Dianna Christensen
September 3, 2017

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.

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

If the bomb isn't defused, it could cause an explosion big enough to flatten a city block... a threat severe enough to cause the largest post-war evacuation in Germany's history.

Authorities began evacuating hospitals and care homes Saturday, as well as the German federal reserve and a major local broadcaster.

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. If that fails, a water jet will be used to cut the fuses away from the bomb.

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The bomb was dropped by Britain's Royal Air Force during the 1939-45 war, city officials said.

British and American warplanes pummelled the country with 1.5 million tonnes of bombs that killed 600,000 people. An estimated 10 percent of the bombs failed to explode. In July, a kindergarten was evacuated after teachers discovered an unexploded World War Two bomb on a shelf among some toys.

Seven decades after the end of the Second World War, unexploded bombs from intense Allied raids on Nazi Germany are still occasionally found in building sites, forests and fields and sometimes even in private gardens.

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

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