The Frankfurt skyline.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Over 16,000 residents were evacuated from central Frankfurt as a bomb from the second World War was defused by ordnance experts on Sunday.
The bomb, found close to the headquarters of the European Central bank, was unearthed on a construction site at the end of June and weighed 500kg.
The mass evacuation caused traffic disruptions through the city center and led to the closure of the Frankfurt Zoo and one of Frankfurt airport's runways. Coma and stroke patients from a nearby hospital were also moved.
The American-made bomb is one of thousands of undetonated bombs from WWII that the Allies dropped all over Germany. Experts estimate that up to 10% of the bombs are still littering the country undetonated.
In September 2017, 65,000 residents of Frankfurt were evacuated during the removal of a British "blockbuster" bomb, weighing over 1,600kg.
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