Thursday, October 27, 2011

20,000 Evacuated from German City after Huge WWII Found

German authorities on Thursday evacuated more than 20,000 people after an unexploded World War II bomb was discovered in the city of Halle, officials said.
The unexploded 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) wartime bomb was discovered by a man digging a ditch. At least 20,000 people, including all 500 patients at a local hospital, were forced to evacuate the area, the German dpa news agency reported.

Local police chief Bernd Wiegand said everyone within a radius of 800 meters (0.5 mile) was ordered to evacuate. Six schools and the city's hospital had to close as a result.
Relatives rushed to the city to pick up elderly parents from rest homes. Meanwhile, hospital and ambulances moved out 17 prematurely born babies who had been in 24-hour care at the hospital, according to dpa.
The detonators of many unexploded bombs dropped on Germany by the British and United States air forces 70 years ago have rusted away. However, disposal teams said the device found in the center of the city of Halle was still very dangerous.
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