Frankfurt starts defusing massive WWII bomb after evacuating 60000

Jerome Frank
September 3, 2017

Evacuation of some 70,000 people began on Sunday in Germany's Frankfurt city in order defuse a massive unexploded World War II bomb.

The bomb was found during work Tuesday close to the Goethe University Frankfurt compound, police said in a statement.

On Wednesday, a 1.4-tonne United Kingdom bomb was found on a building site on Wismarer Strasse in Frankfurt.

Officials warned that the entire street could be flattened by an uncontrolled explosion of the bomb.

In May this year, Hanover saw 50,000 residents evacuated due to five bombs uncovered in various areas of the city, which at that stage marked the second-largest evacuation since WWII.

About 20,000 people were evacuated from the western city of Koblenz before specialists disarmed a 500-kilogram US bomb Saturday.

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British and American warplanes pummeled the country with 1.5 million tonnes of bombs that killed 600,000 people.

Of course, the plethora of empty houses leaves them vulnerable to burglary, so police have stated that they will have guards in place to prevent this. It's estimated that about half the 2.7 million tonnes of bombs dropped by Allied powers during World War Two landed on German soil (compared to about 74,000 tonnes of bombs dropped on the United Kingdom by Germany).

The city is also offering many activities to evacuees, with all public museums open and free of charge. Numerous bombs were equipped with malfunctioning time-delay fuses, and many never went off. Its technicians are among the busiest in the world, deactivating a bomb every two weeks or so - and they estimate their work will continue for decades to come.

The device was found last week in the city's leafy Westend neighborhood, home to many wealthy bankers.

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

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