Frankfurt authorities announced the evacuation of about 12,800 people on Sunday from the financial capital of Germany in order to dismantle a British bomb weighing 500 kg dating back to the Second World War.
The bomb was found in a building workshop in the Gallus neighborhood, which forced the closure of the perimeter of the site at a distance of 700 meters to avoid the damage that might result from the bomb if it exploded, according to the same sources.
In light of the restrictions imposed to combat the Covid-19 epidemic, the process may take some time and continue in the evening, according to the authorities. 75 years after the end of World War II, unexploded bombs are still found in Germany, often found in construction sites. Seven bombs were disassembled this year after they were found at Tesla’s first European site for electric cars, expected to open in 2021 near Berlin.
This year’s bombs were also dismantled in Cologne (west) and Dortmund (west). And in 2017, a 1.4-ton bomb was found in Frankfurt, sparking the largest evacuation operation in Europe since 1945, involving 65,000 people.