Thousands Evacuated From Their Homes Ahead Of Controlled Explosion

German authorities prepare to dispose of WW2 bomb

Police said the size of the bomb made extensive evacuation measures a necessary precaution.

In May, more than 50,000 people were asked to leave Hanover after a bomb was discovered during pre-construction work on a site in the Vahrenwald district.

Homes and buildings within a 1.5-kilometre radius of the site were due to be cleared by 6am Irish time, but some people were still in the evacuation zone well past the deadline as police carried out door-to-door checks.

The work by bomb technicians started later than planned as some people refused to leave the evacuation area despite fire chiefs warning that an uncontrolled explosion would be big enough to flatten a city block.

Central Frankfurt looked like a ghost town Sunday after tens of thousands of people were evacuated ahead of a bomb disposal operation in the German city.

On Saturday, authorities in the German financial capital began evacuating patients from two hospitals.

A woman carries her belongings past a police officer experts prepare to defuse an unexploded British bomb in Frankfurt.

The HC 4000 bomb is believed to have been dropped by Britain's Royal Airforce in World War II.

A police auto next to a blue tent covering a British World War II bomb in Frankfurt.

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.

Air traffic from Frankfurt airport could also be affected and small private planes, helicopters and drones were banned from the evacuation zone.

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