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    British WWII Bomb Prompts Tens of Thousands to Evacuate in Germany's West

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    It may take disposal engineers many hours to disarm the explosive device, as the British bomb that was dropped on Germany in the 1940s is not deeply buried and may inflict major damage if it goes off.

    The disposal of a World War II bomb has forced some 26,000 residents of the western German city of Paderborn to leave their homes on Sunday.

    A bomb disposal squad is currently working at a construction site where the explosive device, dropped by Britain during the war, was discovered last month.

    The bomb is considered "particularly dangerous," as it is located only 80 centimeters under the earth and may cause a serious damage to the city, Deutsche Welle reported.

    The mass evacuation affected buildings within a 1.5-kilometer radius of the explosive device, including two hospitals, a number of elderly care facilities, the university and several streets in the historic old town.

    ​There are slight traffic problems to be expected… Good, that the weather is great for cycling!

    READ MORE: Germany: Large WWII-Era Bomb Prompts Evacuation of 70,000 Frankfurt Residents

    If the disposal works go according to a plan, residents will be able to go back to their homes at around 5 p.m. local time.

    A recent webcam's picture from Rathausplatz

    Some 5,500 unexploded bombs are neutralized in Germany annually and there are still tens of thousands left.

    Last year, about 70,000 residents had to leave their homes in Frankfurt due to a 1.8-tonne British bomb from World War II being found during ground works.

    According to estimates, the US and British air forces dropped over one million tons of bombs on Germany in their struggle against the Nazi regime.


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