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German City Evacuates Half its Residents to Defuse Massive World War II Bomb


The discovery of a massive World War II-era bomb means 45,000 residents of the western German city of Koblenz must evacuate so officials can try to defuse it.

The 10-foot, 1.8-ton British bomb was discovered in the Rhine river last week. Packed with more than 3,000 pounds of explosives, it is one of the largest unexploded bombs ever found and has the potential to demolish an entire city block.

City officials said Saturday the bomb will be defused early Sunday, requiring all residents who live within a 1.2-mile radius from the bomb site to leave their homes for the day.

The bomb was found last week alongside a 275-pound-bomb dropped there by U.S. forces during World War II, after the Rhine’s water level fell due to a prolonged lack of rain. A German smoke grenade was also found nearby, Stars and Stripes reported.

Added: Dec-3-2011 Occurred On: Dec-3-2011
By: aranger45
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