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WWII bomb to be defused in Germany

WWII bomb to be defused in Germany

Thousands of residents in Frankfurt were forced to evacuate their homes early this morning ahead of the planned defusing of a huge Second World War bomb discovered on a building site in the city.

Unexploded bombs are regularly found in German cities.

Patients at two different hospitals, including several newborns, as well as elderly people from 10 homes had to be moved to safety on Saturday, according to police and firefighters in Frankfurt.

About 60,000 people had to leave their homes after being warned that an uncontrolled explosion could flatten a city block. The evacuation area includes the central bank where $70 billion in gold reserves are stored.

A temporary evacuation centre has been set up at Frankfurt's trade fair site.

In Frankfurt, bomb disposal experts will use a special system to try and unscrew the fuses attached to the HC 4,000 bomb from a safe distance.

They were dropped by the RAF and US Air Force during the war.

About 150,000 unexploded bombs dropped by British and American planes are believed to by lying across Germany. Officials said it would take four hours to disarm the bomb.

And, although it's not unusual for live bombs and munition to be uncovered in Germany - 2,000 tonnes are found each year, even under buildings - it's rare for them to be so large and found in such a sensitive position.

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

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