45000 Germans Evacuated Due To WWII Bombs
45000 Germans Evacuated Due To WWII Bombs, Nearly half of the 107,000 residents of Germany’s western city of Koblenz had to leave their homes Sunday as experts prepared to defuse a 1.8 ton World War II-era bomb discovered in the Rhine river.
It’s one of Germany’s biggest bomb-related evacuations since the war ended, and some 2,500 police officers, firefighters and paramedics were on duty across the city to secure the operation.
Authorities set up shelters in parts of Koblenz farther away from the bomb site, and shuttle buses were on hand in the morning to carry residents to safety.
The evacuation of some 45,000 residents living within a radius of about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the bomb site was finished by early Sunday afternoon, the city said on its website.
The British bomb could cause massive damage if it exploded. It was found last week alongside a 275-pound U.S. bomb and a smoke grenade after the Rhine’s water level fell significantly due to a prolonged lack of rain. All the devices were to be defused Sunday.
Finding unexploded bombs dropped by the Allies over Germany is common even more than 65 years after the war’s end. The explosives are usually defused or brought to a controlled explosion without causing injuries.