Experts diffuse WWII bomb in Frankfurt after 60000 ordered to evacuate

Experts diffuse WWII bomb in Frankfurt after 60000 ordered to evacuate

Kerry Wise
September 4, 2017

We will remind that on 17 August in the German city of Hildesheim in Lower Saxony evacuated more than 20,000 people over the discovered the bombs during the Second world war.

Some 60,000 people were ordered to leave their homes, including care home residents and hospital patients.

Bomb experts successfully defused a World War II-era bomb in Frankfurt, Germany, on Sunday after police directed some 60,000 residents living within about a mile of it to leave their homes in advance. About 20,000 people were evacuated from the western city of Koblenz before specialists disarmed a 500-kilogram USA bomb there Saturday.

Construction workers found the British bomb, which weighed around 1.8 tons, on Tuesday in the neighborhood that is now regarded as the German financial capital, according to the Associated Press.

Police early on Sunday morning cordoned off the 1.5 km evacuation area as residents carrying luggage vacated the danger zone.

Fire and police chiefs in the city had warned that an uncontrolled explosion of the HC 4000 bomb would be powerful enough to flatten an entire street.

Disposers Dieter Schwaetzler, left, and Rene Bennert sit next to 1.8 ton WWII bomb right after they defused it, in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday.

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The bomb was dropped by Britain's Royal Air Force during the 1939-45 war, city officials said.

Bomb technicians had been scheduled to begin work shortly after noon local time, but the fire department said there were delays as some people refused to leave. But residents who drove couldn't return until patients who were evacuated from two area hospitals had made it back.

More than 2,000 tonnes of live bombs and munitions are found each year in Germany, even under buildings.

The bomb was discovered on a building site last week.

Three police explosives experts in Goettingen were killed in 2010 while preparing to defuse a 1,000 lb (450 kg) bomb.

City officials had readied halls as temporary lodgings, while museums were offering free entry.