WWII bomb causes two cities to be evacuated

Chelsea West
September 3, 2017

Police have since been guarding the bomb site, which is close to the city centre and just some 2.5 kilometres north of the main Zeil shopping area.

About 60,000 people were ordered to leave in what was Germany's biggest evacuation since the war, with more than 1,000 emergency service workers helping to clear the area.

Authorities cleared almost 60,000 people from a 1.5 kilometer (0.57 square mile) area in the Westend district, warning that the 1.8 metric ton (4,000-pound) bomb could flatten an entire block if it explodes. Others sat in cafes on the edge of the evacuation zone.

Bomb disposal experts were set to use a special system to try and unscrew the fuses attached to the HC 4,000 bomb from a safe distance. If that fails, a water jet will be used to cut the fuses away from the bomb.

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

A police vehicle next to a blue tent covering a British World War II bomb in Frankfurt.

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"This bomb has more than 1.4 tonnes of explosives", Frankfurt fire chief Reinhard Ries said.

Even after 72 years since the war ended, unexploded bombs are regularly found buried on German land, legacies of the intense bombing campaigns by the Allied forces against Nazi Germany.

The 1.8-tonne British bomb, which German media said was nicknamed "wohnblockknacker" - or blockbuster - for its ability to wipe out whole streets and flatten buildings, was discovered on Tuesday during building works.

Among those moved to safety are prison inmates and hospital patients.

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

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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