Second World War bomb forces 13,000 people to evacuate in Germany

Unexploded device dropped by US military is found on Dusseldorf building site

A Dusseldorf resident brought her cat as she left her apartment while the wartime bomb was deactivated. Getty Images
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An unexploded allied bomb from the Second World War forced 13,000 people to evacuate their homes overnight in Germany.

The 500kg US explosive was found on a building site in Dusseldorf in western Germany.

It was deactivated by a bomb disposal team in the early hours of Tuesday as residents took cover in school buildings.

Emergency workers cleared a 500-metre radius as they defused the device. A railway line was blocked and the wait was prolonged by people “refusing to leave the danger area”, authorities said.

Such finds are not unusual in Germany. A British bomb was destroyed in a controlled explosion in Hamburg in the north last month.

Allies forces heavily bombed German cities and industrial heartlands in the closing stages of the war.

Updated: August 08, 2023, 8:14 AM