Frankfurt evacuated for disposal of WWII bomb

The streets of central Frankfurt were empty Sunday as officials prepared to evacuate.
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The streets of central Frankfurt were empty Sunday as officials prepared to evacuate.

Credit: Alexander Scheuber

Credit: Alexander Scheuber

Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from Frankfurt on Sunday, as German authorities tried to defuse a massive World War II bomb discovered at a construction site.

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CNN reported that more than 60,000 people were forced to leave their homes as authorities worked to dispose of the bomb that was found Tuesday near the Goethe University Frankfurt compound, police said in a statement.

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

The British bomb is a 1.4 ton HC 4000 air mine, according to the statement. It remained under police protection early Sunday, CNN reported. Officials said it would take four hours to disarm the bomb.

Soon after 8 a.m., Frankfurt fire brigade spokesman Markus Röck said the evacuation procedure appeared to have gone smoothly.

The brigade's director, Reinhard Ries, told reporters: "The scale of this bomb is overwhelming. I have never seen anything like it."