This weekend, Frankfurt residents are going to have to leave their homes at once. That’s because a new bomb was discovered in the territory of the fifth-largest city in Germany. The unexploded missile weighs 3,000 pounds which made it to earn the title of ‘blockbuster.’ Authorities need to make sure that no civilian is hurt in the bomb defusing process. Therefore, they ordered the biggest evacuation since World War Two.
The World War Two Bomb Was Discovered during a Construction Site Certification on Tuesday
By Sunday, Frankfurt residents have to leave their homes behind in order to allow authorities to take care of a bomb in the safest conditions. According to the local newspapers, police fears that almost 70,000 people can be affected. Authorities issued a map with the evacuation zone that the bomb can damage. The perimeter stretches little over 1.8 miles at its longest on the map.
— Polizei Frankfurt (@Polizei_Ffm) August 30, 2017
“Due to the large size of the bomb, extensive evacuation measures must be taken.”
Authorities claimed that they found the unexploded World War Two bomb on Tuesday. The location is in the Westend district of the city where private group intended to deploy a construction site. Since legislation forces people to perform a bomb investigation of the area they want to start building, it was easy for them to track down the missile. Police stated that the bomb presents no danger for the moment.
The Missile Has Enough Explosive to Hurt 70,000 People Which Urged Authorities to Announce the Biggest Evacuation so Far
Experts identified the projectile as an HC 4000 which is loaded with at least 3,000 pounds of explosive. They believe that it had British origins and was dropped on the ground during World War II. However, this discovery is not out of the ordinary for Germany.
Authorities assessed that U.K. and the U.S. dropped at least 1.3 million tons of bombs on their country during the World War II. Around 10% of these projectiles remained unexploded. The biggest evacuation so far counted 54,000 people leaving their homes in Augsburg right on Christmas Day last year.
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