50000 evacuated in German city after 5 WWII bombs uncovered

  • 50000 evacuated in German city after 5 WWII bombs uncovered

50000 evacuated in German city after 5 WWII bombs uncovered

At least 50,000 people were forced out of the centre of Hanover after three unexploded World War II bombs were discovered. Seven care and elderly homes located in the vicinity, as well as a clinic and a Continental tire plant, are subject to evacuation.

Officials initially suspected there were five bombs but investigation of what were suspected to be bomb sites in a nearby park turned up nothing. Authorities have also asked the residents being evacuated to turn off gas and electrical appliances in their homes.

And so, cities were rebuilt and life went on over thousands of ordnances that are still able to wreak havoc.

Some 54,000 people had to be moved after a 1.8 tonne bomb was unearthed during building work.

The largest bomb-related evacuation in Germany since the war happened on Christmas Day past year, in Augsburg. The bomb, known as a blockbuster, was the largest dropped on Germany by the RAF during the war.

Most other people living in the densely populated suburb began leaving their homes on Saturday morning. Construction on these cities has led to the discovery of many unexploded bombs, which have to be carefully defused by experts. In 2015, 31,000 people were evacuated in the city after a WWII bomb was found.

Officers of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Division (EOD) load a bomb onto a truck after it was made safe on May 7, 2017 in Hanover, Germany.