Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Thousands evacuated after bomb find

Sandbags frame a 1.8 ton WWII bomb in river Rhine near Koblenz (AP)
Sandbags frame a 1.8 ton WWII bomb in river Rhine near Koblenz (AP)

Officials in Germany's western city of Koblenz say some 45,000 residents had to be evacuated from their homes as officials try to defuse a Second World War bomb discovered in the Rhine river.

City officials said the massive British 1.8-ton bomb will be defused early on Sunday, requiring all residents within a radius of about 1.2 miles from the bomb site to leave their homes for the day.

Officials say seven nursing homes, two hospitals and a prison are also being evacuated. Train and road traffic in the area, will come to a halt.

The bomb was found last week alongside a 275lb bomb dropped there by US forces during the war, after the Rhine's water level fell due to lack of rain.

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