The biggest and most surprising news on this Christmas that an unexploded British bomb from World War II forced 54,000 people out of their homes in Germany. The country's biggest such evacuation since the end of hostilities. In the early morning construction workers discovered an unexploded World War II bomb in the city of Augsburg, southern Germany.
This operation took 11 hours on Sunday and involved 900 police officers and they succeed around 1800GMT announced by local members. The size of the bomb is around 1.8 tons and the evacuation area is 1.5 km. This is not the first time more than 70 years, after the end of the war unexploded bomb are regularly found on German land.
Augsburg is one of the largest city in Bavaria and which was targeted several times during World War II. In the present time, the engineers were trying to diffuse the bomb and this process started around 1400GMT. Not finish yet German authorities estimate there are 3000 sunken bombs present in the Berlin alone.
The expert diffused the explosive and police spokesman Manfred Gottschalk said that this bomb is so-called 'Mega Bomb' by DPA news agency. The City police checked house by house to ensure those were clear of residents before giving the go ahead.
Augsburg mayor Kurt Gribl said the diffusing process is to be delayed due to a larger than expected number of bedridden or disabled people that had to be removed from the area. About 100 buses and trams were deployed for the evacuation.
He announced earlier that everyone concerned to leave the area, if possible by themselves, in a video message posted on the city's Twitter account. Kurt Gribl also called for each person to verify that their relatives, parents, and friends have found places to stay outside the security zone, look out for one another.Just after 7 P.M, the city's official Facebook account announced that bomb had been successfully defused and the evacuation is over.