Police evacuate Paris suburb to defuse WWII bomb

February 6, 2011 18:00


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PARIS — Some 6,000 residents of a Paris suburb were evacuated from their homes Sunday while specialists defused a World War II bomb discovered on a building site.

Paris police headquarters said experts successfully rendered the 880-pound (400-kilogram) bomb harmless in a few hours.

The operation forced the closure of two neighborhoods in Boulogne-Billancourt, southwest of Paris. Residents were accommodated in special centers or told to go to the movies.

The bomb was discovered Jan. 27 on an old factory site of Renault automobiles under renovation.

Such evacuations are not uncommon in France, but are mainly in Normandy where bombs rained down after the Allied D-Day invasion.

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