Frankfurt evacuated Sunday for disposal of WWII bomb

Frankfurt evacuated Sunday for disposal of WWII bomb

Frankfurt evacuated Sunday for disposal of WWII bomb

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

More than 60,000 people have been ordered to leave a radius of 1.5 kilometers - almost a mile - around the site where the 1.8-ton British bomb will be disposed of Sunday.

Officials in Frankfurt said more than 60,000 residents will have to leave their homes by this evening, and will have to stay away for at least 12 hours.

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.

On Saturday, authorities in the German financial capital began evacuating patients from two hospitals. Others sat in cafes on the edge of the evacuation zone.

About 150,000 unexploded bombs dropped by British and American planes are believed to by lying across Germany.

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Officials estimate that 15 per cent of the bombs failed to explode, some burrowing six metres deep.

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

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

Seven decades after the end of the Second World War, unexploded bombs from intense Allied raids on Nazi Germany are still occasionally found in building sites, forests and fields and sometimes even in private gardens.

Roads and transport systems will also be closed, and air traffic in the evacuation zone may be affected.

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

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