Germany: Mass evacuation underway before WWII bomb defusing

An explosive ordnance disposal service employee holds one of the detonators in his hand after the defusing of four unexploded bombs from the Second World War in Dortmund Germany 12 January 2020. 14,000 residents had to leave their homes and two hospital

An explosive ordnance disposal service employee holds one of the detonators in his hand after the defusing of four unexploded bombs from the Second World War in Dortmund Germany 12 January 2020. 14,000 residents had to leave their homes and two hospital

Over fourteen thousand residents of the German city of Dortmund were evacuated as bomb technicians prepare to deal with what's thought to be unexploded World War II ordnance.

German newspaper Deutsche Welle notes that defusing unexploded ordnance prior to construction across Germany is fairly common since around 10% of ordnance dropped during the war rammed into the earth without exploding.

Last September, 15,000 people were evacuated from their homes while a 550lb device was defused in Hanover.

The American and British bombs were successfully defused hours after people were forced to leave their homes at 8am this morning.

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Footage showed blood on the ground, wounded being carried and people who seemed to be security personnel running with rifles. The nation's police chief denied officers fired at protesters and said they had been ordered to show restraint.

Authorities initially said that the special disposal team had found four unexploded bombs from World War II in the clinic quarter, a highly-populated area. People were able to learn if they were affected from a list of addresses published by the authorities.

The huge bomb with a high explosive capacity was used during World War II by Britain's Royal Air Force. Starting Saturday, hundreds of patients and senior citizens had been relocated from two hospitals in the area. In this case, the evacuation took place on Christmas Eve and a 3.8-tonne British bomb was made safe.

Central Dortmund was bombed heavily in May 1943 as the Allied aerial campaign targeted the industrial Ruhr District.

The Dortmund Police tweeted on Sunday afternoon that two 250-kilogram bombs were safely defused in the city's southwest, and the residents can return to their homes. One of such actions was the evacuation in Frankfurt am main in the autumn of 2017. Evacuation is required because of old bombs found near residential buildings.

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