WWII bomb made harmless in Germany after mass evacuation

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2020

German officials evacuated 14,000 people after two 330lb Second World War bombs were found in Dortmund.

Nearly 75 years after the end of the war, unexploded bombs are frequently found in Germany and disposing of them can entail large-scale evacuations as a precaution.

The city centre, main train station and National Football Museum were sealed off by a protective wall in order to carry out the excavation work.

The suspicions were based on "anomalies" detected during construction projects, the statement said. Their homes will leave about 14 thousand inhabitants of the city. People were able to learn if they were affected from a list of addresses published by the authorities.

The unearthing of World War II era bombs is a common occurrence in Germany, but local media claimed this case could be the largest such evacuation ever seen in the Ruhr region.

The preparations started on Saturday, when patients of hospitals within that radius were either relocated to other facilities or allowed to go home.

The bombs were 330-pound American and British bombs. British squadrons bombed central Dortmund heavily in May 1943 during a monthslong Allied aerial campaign to pummel heavy industry in the surrounding Ruhr District used by the-then Nazi regime. The devices found in the process are either defused or destroyed in controlled demolitions.

The Dortmund Police tweeted on Sunday afternoon that two 250-kilogram bombs were safely defused in the city's southwest, and the residents can return to their homes.

The largest such evacuation also took place in Frankfurt, in September 2017 and affected 65,000 people.

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