Huge evacuation planned in Frankfurt after WW2 bomb found


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 Huge evacuation planned in Frankfurt after WW2 bomb found

A blue tent covering a bomb that was found during construction works on August 30 in Frankfurt.

More than 60,000 people are set to be evacuated from the center of Frankfurt on Sunday after a massive WW2 bomb was discovered beneath the city.

The bomb was found during work on a construction site on Wismarer Street close to the Goethe University Frankfurt compound Tuesday, according to a statement by Frankfurt Police.

Police said due to the size of the bomb, extensive evacuation measures were necessary.

The device is a British bomb, specifically a 1.4-ton HC 4000 air mine, the statement said, and is currently under guard by police.

There is no danger to the public, police said, but they will be evacuating the area as a precaution while they defuse the bomb.

The disposal of the bomb that is planned for Sunday, September 3.

The evacuation will take place at 8 a.m. local time on Sunday, authorities said. Further details are expected to be released at a press conference on Thursday.

The second World War may have ended over 70 years ago but its legacy still lingers in cities across Germany.

In May, more than 50,000 people were asked to leave the German city of Hanover after a bomb was discovered during pre-construction work on a site in the Vahrenwald district.

On Christmas Day 2016, another 50,000 were evacuated from Augsburg in south Germany after a 1.8-ton bomb was found beneath an underground carpark.

By: CNN

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