70,000 To Be Evacuated From Frankfurt For Safe Defusal Of WWII Bomb

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| August 31 , 2017 , 12:26 IST

Although more than 70 years have passed since the end of World War II, unexploded bombs are frequently discovered on German land which were left there during the intense bombing campaigns against the Nazis by Allied forces.

An unexploded 1,400-tonne British bomb from World War II nicknamed "Wohnblockknacker" (blockbuster) by the German media was recently discovered in Frankfurt city of Germany, the defusing of which will require the evacuation of nearly 70,000 people in the city.

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The unexploded bomb was discovered during building work on Tuesday, located near the Westend Campus of the Goethe University in Frankfurt, the police said in a statement. During the war, the 'blockbuster' HC 4000 high capacity bomb was known for its ability to destroy entire streets or buildings and was used in air raids by British Forces.

"Due to the large size of the bomb, extensive evacuation measures must be taken," police said.

The bomb was found on Wismarer street which is located close to the city centre and is just 2.5 km from the main Zeil shopping area.

According to reports, the massive evacuation of 70,000 people, one of the largest evacuations in post-war Germany will be taking place on Sunday. A similar evacuation took place last Christmas when another British bomb was discovered in an unexploded state, requiring the evacuation of 54,000 people. In May, another 50,000 residents had to be evacuated to defuse several WWII bombs.