Germany: Mass evacuation underway before WWII bomb defusing

Elias Hubbard
January 12, 2020

The precautions included the evacuation of two hospitals and the interruption of rail traffic.

Thousands of people are evacuating in the western Germany city of Dortmund as experts are getting ready to defuse up to four bombs from World War II.

Unexploded bombs in Germany followed by evacuations have been a familiar scenario since the end of World War II almost 75 years ago.

Workers had detected anomalies during construction work, they announced on the city's official Twitter.

Residents within a 500m radius of each location were told to leave their homes by 8.00am on Sunday, with excavation work to begin later in the day. The city's train station was shut down and, starting at noon Sunday, all trains would be rerouted.

The discovery of World War II bombs is not uncommon in Germany.

In 2017, around 65,000 people were temporarily evacuated - the largest such operation since 1945 - when a huge British bomb weighing 1.4 tons was discovered in Frankfurt.

Last September a 250-kilo bomb was made safe in Hanover, with 15,000 people evacuated.

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