Approximately 60,000 residents of Germany’s financial capital, Frankfurt, will be ordered to evacuate their homes on Sunday as the city’s emergency service staff will attempt to defuse a massive World War Two bomb, discovered recently at a local building site. The 1.4-tonne HC 4000 bomb dropped by the British air force during World War Two was uncovered on a building site on Wismarer Strasse in Frankfurt’s leafy Westend where many wealthy bankers live.
‘We have never defused a bomb of this size,’ bomb disposal expert Rene Bennert told Reuters, adding that it had been damaged on impact when it was dropped between 1943 and 1945.
Bomb disposal experts who examined it said the massive evacuation could wait until the weekend. ‘We are still working on the modalities of the evacuation plan,’ a spokeswoman for Frankfurt police said on Wednesday.
As a result, ahead of Sunday’s planned evacuation, more than 100 hospital patients, including premature infants and those in intensive care, were evacuated from two Frankfurt hospitals on Saturday, city councillor Markus Frank told Reuters television.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 2, 2017.