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50000 evacuated in German city after 5 WWII bombs uncovered

50000 evacuated in German city after 5 WWII bombs uncovered

Authorities in Germany have been in the process of evacuating approximately 50,000 people from their residences Saturday and Sunday after they discovered five suspected WWII-era bombs. Bomb disposal expert Chris Hunter described the find as "quite a significant incident", telling Sky News: "We don't tend to see five at once".

Some 50,000 people were evacuated from their homes after three WW2 bombs were discovered on a building site in Germany. Two were defused successfully, while the third required special equipment to be made safe.

The evacuation process started on Friday evening with seven care home residents and hospital patients being the first to be removed from the area.

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By mid-afternoon, experts had extracted three British bombs and diffused two out of those.

Two other suspected bombs had turned out to be harmless scrap metal, it said. City museums dropped their admission charge and community centers organized events for children and seniors.

Trains are being diverted away from the area as an additional safety measure.

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Cities all across Europe have recovered several unexploded bombs over the years from the Allied forces of the second world war.

On 9 October 1943, an especially deadly night, 1,245 people were killed and 250,000 left homeless by 261,000 bombs.

German authorities are under pressure to remove unexploded ordnance from populated areas, with experts arguing that the bombs are becoming more risky as time goes by due to material fatigue.

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