Second World War Bomb Successfully Defused In Frankfurt

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Bomb disposal experts in Frankfurt in Germany have successfully defused a massive unexploded bomb from World War Two.

The operation in central Frankfurt to get residents to safety was the biggest evacuation of its kind in post-war Germany, the city's security chief said.

The bomb, believed to have been dropped by Britain's Royal Air Force during the 1939-45 war, took longer than expected to defuse, however residents were safe to return to their home by nightfall.

More than 2000 tonnes of live bombs and munitions are discovered in Germany each year, 70 years after the end of the war. British and American warplanes pummeled the country with 1.5 million tons of bombs that killed 600,000 people.

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"We are still working on the modalities of the evacuation plan", a spokeswoman for Frankfurt police said on Wednesday.

Police combed the streets and used a helicopter with a heat-sensitive camera to ensure that the area was clear, but the presence of several holdouts meant that the process did not begin at noon, as officials had hoped. Museums were free, and many hotels offered discounts.

The device was found last week in the city's leafy Westend neighborhood, home to many wealthy bankers. If that fails, a water jet will be used to cut the fuses.

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