Germany: 10 000 evacuated over WWII bomb

2012-10-12 15:06
A deserted street in December 2011 as about 45 000 people were evacuated from their homes in the western German city of Koblenz ahead of work to defuse a World War II bomb. (Thomas Frey, AFP)

A deserted street in December 2011 as about 45 000 people were evacuated from their homes in the western German city of Koblenz ahead of work to defuse a World War II bomb. (Thomas Frey, AFP)

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Berlin — More than 10 000 people have been evacuated from a residential neighbourhood in the German city of Potsdam after the discovery of an unexploded 250kg bomb from World War II in the yard of a house.

It was not immediately clear how long residents would have to stay away from the area after experts were brought in early on Friday to defuse the bomb.

Even almost 70 years after the end of the war, there are still estimated to be tens of thousands of unexploded bombs lying underground in Germany.

In August, authorities in Munich were unable to defuse a 250kg bomb and had to detonate it in place. The explosion blew out the windows of many nearby buildings and caused several fires.

- AP
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