News ID: 199860
Published: 0825 GMT September 03, 2017

60,000 evacuating Frankfurt ahead of defusing WWII-era bomb

60,000 evacuating Frankfurt ahead of defusing WWII-era bomb
Numerous ambulances wait outside the Buerger hospital, which is to be evacuated due to a bomb disposal in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. Up to 70,000 people will have to leave their homes, expected to be the largest evacuation in Germany since the war. The defusing of the WWII bomb is planned for Sunday. (FRANK RUMPENHORST/DPA VIA AP)

German authorities are making final preparations in Frankfurt before experts defuse a huge World War II-era bomb Sunday in an operation that includes evacuating more than 60,000 residents.

Hospital patients and the elderly are among those affected in what will be Germany's biggest evacuation in recent history, abcnews.go.com wrote.

Construction workers found the 1.8-ton (4,000-pound) British bomb Tuesday. Officials have ordered residents to evacuate homes within a 1.5-kilometer (nearly a mile) radius of the site in Germany's financial capital.

Dozens of ambulances lined up before driving to pick up anyone unable to independently leave the danger zone.

Similar operations are still common 72 years after the war ended. About 20,000 people were evacuated from the western city of Koblenz before specialists disarmed a 500-kilogram US bomb Saturday.

   
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