Frankfurt evacuates 60000 residents ahead of effort to dispose of old bomb

German authorities prepare to dispose of WW2 bomb

Authorities cleared almost 60,000 people from a 1.5 kilometer (0.57 square mile) area in the Westend district, warning that the 1.8 metric ton (4,000-pound) bomb could flatten an entire block if it explodes.

Thousands of residents in Frankfurt, Germany have evacuated their homes ahead of the scheduled defusal of a major World War II bomb.

Homes and buildings within a 1.5-kilometre radius of the site were due to be cleared by 6am Irish time, but some people were still in the evacuation zone well past the deadline as police carried out door-to-door checks.

The British bomb is a 1.4 ton HC 4000 air mine, according to the statement.

The fire service said the evacuation of two hospitals, including premature babies and patients in intensive care, had been completed and they were now helping about 500 elderly people leave residences and care homes.

The operation is the biggest evacuation of its kind in post-war Germany, Frankfurt's security chief Markus Frank said. "I have never seen anything like it".

Frankfurt airport tweeted that airport tours would be free to all Frankfurters forced to leave their homes, while residents organized other distractions such as yoga in the park.

The evacuation is the biggest since the war ended in 1945.

In May, more than 50,000 people were asked to leave Hanover after a bomb was discovered during pre-construction work on a site in the Vahrenwald district.

The massive bomb was discovered last week in a leafy suburb of the city; an area home to numerous city's wealthiest residents.

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