Posted on January 13, 2020, 1:38 PM IST
World War II era seems to haunt Germany even during the modern century, two World War II 250-kilogram (330-pound) American and British bombs were successfully defused in the western German city of Dortmund on Sunday, hours after thousands of people were evacuated from the surrounding area, officials said.
Authorities had to evacuate two hospitals and opened schools for residents who had to leave their homes. City officials recorded an estimated 14,000 people were moved to safe place from the areas where the bombs were buried.
The city's train station had also been shut down and trains were rerouted. Before experts defused the two bombs, helicopters patrolled overhead to ensure everyone had evacuated.
Almost 75 years after the end of the war, unexploded bombs are frequently found in Germany. Disposing of them sometimes entails large-scale evacuations as a precaution.
Workers had detected anomalies during construction work, they announced on the city's official Twitter. The discovery of World War II bombs is not uncommon in Germany.
Last September a 250-kilo bomb was made safe in Hanover, with 15,000 people evacuated.And in Frankfurt, in 2017, some 65,000 people were evacuated when a 1.4 tonne bomb was found, the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.