60000 evacuating Frankfurt before disposal of WWII-era bomb

A couple has left its apartment and walk behind police during an evacuation of more than 60 000 people in Frankfurt Germany Sunday Sept. 3 2017. The evacuation became necessary due to an unexploded 1.8 ton WW II bomb that will be diffused later in the

Police have since been guarding the bomb site, which is close to the city centre and just some 2.5 kilometres north of the main Zeil shopping area.

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. Almost 60,000 people are expected to leave their homes on Sunday when the bomb is scheduled to be disposed of.

If the bomb isn't defused, it could cause an explosion big enough to flatten a city block... a threat severe enough to cause the largest post-war evacuation in Germany's history.

On Saturday, authorities in the German financial capital began evacuating patients from two hospitals.

A smaller bomb was disposed of in the city of Koblenz, 110km west of Frankfurt, where 22,000 residents were moved as a precaution before specialists defused the 500 kilogram bomb.

Thousands of unexploded bombs from the war are still found in Germany every year.

Bomb disposal experts were set to use a special system to try and unscrew the fuses attached to the HC 4,000 bomb from a safe distance. In July, a kindergarten was evacuated after teachers discovered an unexploded World War Two bomb on a shelf among some toys. If that fails, a water jet will be used to cut the fuses away from the bomb.

British and American warplanes pummelled the country with 1.5 million tonnes of bombs that killed 600,000 people.

Roads and transport systems will also be closed, and air traffic in the evacuation zone may be affected.

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