Thousands in Frankfurt Evacuated Over Massive Unexploded WWII Bomb

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Police say bomb disposal experts have successfully defused a massive World War II-era bomb in the German financial capital Frankfurt that forced the evacuation of more than 60,000 residents.

Saturday saw patients from hospitals in the potentially affected area safely evacuated in transport vehicles and ambulances, while on Sunday authorities began the massive task of evacuating nearly 60,000 people from the area.

More than 70 years after the end of the war, unexploded bombs are regularly found buried in Germany, legacies of the intense bombing campaigns by the Allied forces against Nazi Germany.

On Saturday, around 20,000 inhabitants in Koblenz were cleared to enable specialists to defuse a half ton United States bomb.

Authorities are now working to defuse the 1.8 tonne bomb, which was dropped on the city by British air forces. A number of ambulances were arranged on Sunday in view of anyone unable to independently leave the danger zone.

On Sunday, police cordoned off a large area in the German city, urging about 60,000 residents to leave their apartments.

A general view of the area where a British World War Two bomb was found and defused in Frankfurt, Germany, September 3, 2017.

The evacuation is set to last two hours, the police said.

Each year, officials have revealed that an average of about 2,000 tonnes of unexploded ordnance are found in Germany.

They were dropped by the RAF and US Air Force during the war. An estimated 10 percent of the bombs failed to explode.

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.

Three police explosives experts in Goettingen were killed in 2010 while preparing to defuse a 450 kg bomb.

Those affected have been offered free entry to several of the city's museums, while shelters have also been opened for residents.

Patients at a nearby hospital have also been evacuated ahead of the explosion.

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