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500 kilo bomb blown up in residential area in Frankfurt

A World War II bomb is discovered while excavating in Frankfurt. The ordnance disposal service has to blow up the dud. 25,000 people are affected by an evacuation.

Frankfurt (dpa) – In a densely populated residential area in Frankfurt, a 500-kilo bomb from the Second World War was detonated in a controlled manner.

“The explosion took place,” said the fire brigade on Twitter. Now check the blocked area for damage. Because of the planned demolition, around 25,000 people had to leave their homes.

The fire brigade yesterday asked everyone to immediately evacuate their homes or the restricted area. The bomb was discovered during dredging work. In the evacuation radius of 700 meters there is also a hospital that has been evacuated.

The city announced that the bomb had to be detonated in a controlled manner because of its design and condition. An uncontrolled detonation would mean massive damage to buildings in the densely populated district and a great danger to human life.

Before the demolition, the ordnance clearance specialists requested 70 truckloads of earth to cover the explosive find. A load of 4.5 kilos of explosives should be attached to the bomb, said a spokeswoman for the Darmstadt regional council responsible for the ordnance disposal service in Hesse at the request of the German press agency.

A larger evacuation center was set up in the Frankfurt ice rink. For people who received an isolation or quarantine order from the health department due to Corona, an accommodation option was created in the evening, according to the city. Many people left the security zone with luggage in the evening.

The nocturnal corona exit restrictions have been temporarily suspended for the affected area. The reason is the ordered evacuation, which is expected to last longer than 10 p.m., said the Frankfurt fire brigade on Wednesday evening. This would allow residents to return to their homes after the blast and the end of the action. The exact time for the demolition was not initially certain. In Frankfurt there are currently corona-related exit restrictions between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., which go back to the federal emergency brake.

The Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt announced that several underground, tram and bus lines may be interrupted until 11.30 p.m. or have to be diverted due to the bomb. According to the police, Autobahn 66 is also affected.

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