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26,000 Paderborn Residents To Evacuate Following Discovery Of WW2 Bomb

Anyone living within a 1.5km radius will have to leave the site.

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Picture: Barker Barracks located in the east of Paderborn

Twenty-six thousand people are to be evacuated from their homes in Paderborn so a massive World War 2 bomb can be defused. 

The 1.8-ton bomb is one of the largest ever found in the area and anyone living within a 1.5km radius will have to leave the site. 

This will include four hospitals, five retirement homes and a hospice.

The RAF bomb was found during construction work near the University of Paderborn and will be defused on April 8. 

Roads will be closed from 8am on Sunday and those within the danger area will need to vacate their property no later than 12 midday.

It is anticipated that the area will be safe by early evening. 

The advice from the authorities to the potential 26,000 affected residents of Paderborn on the day is to plan a day out of the city.