Hundreds Evacuated in Frankfurt so WWII Bomb Can Be Defused

BERLIN, GERMANY (AP) — Some 600 people have been evacuated from their homes in the old city of Frankfurt so specialists could remove a World War II-era bomb that was discovered in the Main River.

The German news agency DPA reported the bomb was defused, as planned, underwater on Sunday (April 14), which led to a loud detonation and a big water fountain on the river. Police told DPA “the bomb is no longer a danger.”

Firefighters had discovered the American 250-kilogram (550-pound) bomb during diving training in the river on Tuesday.

Even more than 70 years after the end of the war, bombs and other munitions still turn up regularly in Germany, a testament to the ferocity of the fighting in World War II.

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