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WWII Bomb Evacuation: 70K Frankfurt Residents Out During Defusal

WWII Bomb Evacuation: 70K Frankfurt Residents Out During Defusal

A policeman walks past a blue tent covering a British World War II bomb that was found during construction works on Aug. 30, 2017, in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. (Boris Roessler/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 31 August 2017 03:22 PM

A massive evacuation will take place Sunday in Frankfurt, Germany, so authorities can defuse a large WWII-era bomb unearthed during construction.

Up to 70,000 people could be affected by the operation, which would be the largest evacuation Germany has had since World War II, NPR reported.

The bomb site is close to the Goethe University Frankfurt location. The British 1.4-ton HC 4000 air mine contains more than 3,000 pounds of explosives and is being guarded by police until it is defused, CNN reported.

During the war, the bomb was nicknamed “blockbuster” because it was able to level whole streets or buildings.

This will be the third evacuation of tens of thousands in Germany in the last nine months. More than 50,000 were evacuated from Hanover in May after another bomb was found just before a construction project, and on Christmas Day 2016 50,000 more were evacuated from Augsburg after a 1.8-ton bomb was discovered under a parking garage built underground.

Construction sites in Germany have to be certified free of buried weapons because of the frequency of finding unexploded ordinance, NPR reported.

The U.S. and U.K. dropped more than 1.3 million tons of bombs on Germany throughout WWII, and 11 bomb disposal technicians have been killed trying to defuse WWII bombs since 2000.

Twitter users were surprised by the news and hoped everyone would be safe.

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