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03 September 2017, 09:00 | Melanie Burgess
Unexploded WW-II bomb found in Frankfurt, 65000 residents evacuated
More than 60,000 people have been ordered to leave a radius of 1.5 kilometers - almost a mile - around the site where the 1.8-ton British bomb will be disposed of Sunday.
Officials have ordered residents to evacuate homes within a 1.5-kilometer (nearly a mile) radius of the site in Germany's financial capital.
"There're still people surfacing, and they need to be brought out of the evacuation zone", said a spokesman for Frankfurt's firefighting service, adding that this process was "incredibly annoying and time-consuming".
Authorities began evacuating hospitals and care homes Saturday, as well as the German federal reserve and a major local broadcaster.
Bomb disposal experts were to use a special system to try and unscrew the fuses attached to the HC 4,000 bomb from a safe distance.
A police auto next to a blue tent covering a British World War II bomb in Frankfurt.
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About 2,000 tonnes of munitions are found scattered across German cities every year.
Such evacuations are common in Germany, where Allied air forces dropped 1.5 million tons of bombs that killed 600,000 people and flattened cities.
"This bomb has more than 1.4 tonnes of explosives", Frankfurt fire chief Reinhard Ries said.
In Frankfurt, roads and transport systems, including parts of the underground, were to remain closed during the work and for at least two hours after the bomb is defused, to allow patients to be transported back to hospitals.
Museums were offering residents free entry today, and many hotels offered discounts.
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