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Second World War Bomb Successfully Defused In Frankfurt

Bomb disposal experts have successfully defused a huge Second World War bomb in the German financial capital Frankfurt that forced the...

Bomb disposal experts have successfully defused a huge Second World War bomb in the German financial capital Frankfurt that forced the evacuation of more than 60,000 residents, police said.

Hospital patients and the elderly were among those affected in what was Germany's biggest evacuation in recent history.

Similar operations are still common 72 years after the war ended.

About 20,000 people were evacuated from the western city of Koblenz before specialists disarmed a 1,100lb US bomb on Saturday.

Construction workers found this 4,000lb British bomb on Tuesday.

The RAF dropped thousands of 'Blockbuster bombs' on Nazi Germany, they created devastating shockwaves, said to be so powerful they blew off the escape hatches of aircraft flying overhead.

Officials ordered residents to evacuate their homes within a mile radius of the site in Germany's financial capital.

Lindsay Moder, who lives in the area said:

“This is like one of the largest they found since the War and it's right in our back yard. So I haven't even been in my new apartment for a week and already have to evacuate but it's all part of the adventure.”

Dozens of ambulances lined up early Sunday to pick up anyone unable to independently leave the danger zone.

Even the region's main broadcaster had to move its operation to another city and the Central Bank which stores much of Germany's gold reserve had to temporarily had to close.

It took more than twelve hours to disable the wartime bomb.

Thousands of others are still thought to be buried in German soil, so as this one is taken away to be destroyed, it's unlikely to be the last incident of its kind.

 

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