Thousands evacuated in Frankfurt as officials work to defuse WW2 bomb

Disposers Dieter Schwaetzler left and Rene Bennert sit next to 1.8 ton WWII bomb right after they defused it in Frankfurt Germany Sunday Sept. 3 2017

Even after 72 years since the war ended, unexploded bombs are regularly found buried on German land, legacies of the intense bombing campaigns by the Allied forces against Nazi Germany.

The city said police will enforce a 1,500-metre radius evacuation zone starting early Sunday and residents will probably need to stay away until 8:00 pm (1800 GMT).

Around 21,000 people had to leave the area in Koblenz as the 500-kilogramme (1,100-pound) bomb was successfully defused, before the fire brigade allowed residents to return to their homes.

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A steady flow of people filed into a temporary shelter at Frankfurt's trade fair site, with bananas and beverages on offer.

The massive bomb was discovered last week in a leafy suburb of the city; an area home to numerous city's wealthiest residents.

Ambulances and transport vehicles also helped move the elderly and sick from the area, which includes two hospitals and Germany's central bank.

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Bomb disposal experts were set to use a special system to try and unscrew the fuses attached to the HC 4,000 bomb from a safe distance.

Local authorities coordinated the evacuation and will attempt to remove the bomb's fuse using a remotely-controlled device.

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

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British and American warplanes pummelled Germany with 1.5 million tonnes of bombs that killed 600,000 people. An estimated 10 percent of the bombs failed to explode.

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