Frankfurt prepares to defuse WWII bomb, thousands evacuated

Published July 7, 2019, 6:41 PM

by Rica Arevalo

By the Associated Press

FRANKFURT — Thousands of people have been evacuated from a district of Frankfurt that includes the European Central Bank headquarters as authorities prepare to defuse a 500-kilo (1,100-pound) World War II bomb.

People leave the forbidden area near the European Central Bank as 16 000 people are evacuated prior to the defusing of a WWII bomb in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)
People leave the forbidden area near the European Central Bank as 16 000 people are evacuated prior to the defusing of a WWII bomb in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

City officials called on some 16,500 people to leave their homes in the Ostend area on Sunday morning, a few hours before the operation was scheduled to begin.

Authorities already moved some people out of a nursing home on Saturday.

More than 70 years after the end of WWII, unexploded bombs are frequently found in Germany and disposing of them sometimes require large-scale precautionary evacuations.

The American bomb in Frankfurt was found during construction work last month and officials chose Sunday to defuse it, giving them time to prepare the operation and minimizing disruption in Germany’s financial capital.

 
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