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Thousands evacuated in Frankfurt as WWII bomb is found and diffused

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Around 16,500 people have been evacuated from the Ostend district of Frankfurt in preparation for a disposal operation after a 500kg American bomb was found during construction works last month.

The US fragmentation bomb was found last month (25th June) during construction work in the centre of Germany’s banking capital.

While the ordnance clearance service determined the bomb posed no immediate danger, the diffusing operation was scheduled so that it could be safely and carefully removed.

On top of the evacuation of thousands of people, several train services were suspended.

More than 70 years after the end of WWII, unexploded bombs are frequently found across Germany.

Often, the disposal of these items requires large-scale precautionary evacuations, causing huge disruption and expense.

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