• Lexi Ponder

WWII bomb defused after evacuation in Frankfurt, Germany

On Sept., 3, 2017, in Frankfurt, Germany, a World War II bomb, which had been discovered the previous week, was defused after a massive evacuation. The bomb was discovered the previous Tuesday at a building site and was able to be identified as a 1.8 ton British bomb.

BBC reported, “The evacuation on Sunday morning was the biggest in post-war German history, involving hundreds of officials.” The evacuation consisted of about 70,000 German citizens; their removal helped the bomb disposal experts make the situation safer.

According to PBS NewsHour, “Some residents resisted the evacuation order, causing bomb experts’ defusing of the live weapon to be delayed, even as Frankfurt police and fire officials warned that they would evacuate the area by force if necessary.” The German fire chief mentioned that if the bomb had “exploded outside of a controlled circumstance, an entire block could have been obliterated.” The police made sure everyone was evacuated safely by checking homes with heat-detection technology.

According to BBC, “Police early on Sunday morning cordoned off the 1.5km (1 mile) evacuation area as residents carrying luggage vacated the danger zone. A few stragglers who were slow to move may be prosecuted, local media reported.” Police also mentioned that the evacuation was on schedule, even though some residents were not prepared for the evacuation and were having to leave anyway. On Saturday, more than 100 patients were moved from the hospitals, including premature babies and everyone in intensive care.