Commenting on the discovery of the WWII bomb in the German city of Wolfsburg, city authorities stated on Twitter that it was defused at lunchtime on Sunday. They noted that as a part of the precautionary measures, all people within a 1-kilometer (0.6-mile) radius, including the center of the city, were evacuated.
According to a spokeswoman for the Wolfsburg city administration, construction workers discovered suspicious metal pieces at four locations by Volkswagen's plant in the German town last month.
Volkswagen's factory remained operational during the war, despite having holes in its roof, but no civilian Beetle left the factory until the place was repaired in 1946.
The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers only handed over the factory to the new German government in 1949.