>> It's the largest mass evacuation in Germany since the Second World War. Thousands of residents in Frankfurt evacuating their homes early on Sunday. Ahead of the planned diffusing of a massive World War II bomb discovered on a building site in the German financial capital. A steady flow of people filed into a temporary center at Frankfurt's trade fair site ahead of the disposal of the bomb.
It was found last week in the city's leafy Westend suburb, where many wealthy bankers live. The evacuation area also includes the country's Central Bank, where $70 billion in gold reserves are stored. Around 60,000 people have had to leave their homes, and Frankfurt fire and police chiefs said they would use force if necessary to clear the area.
Warning that an uncontrolled explosion of the bomb could be big enough to flatten a city block. The evacuation area covers a radius of 1.5 kilometers. And the fire service said the evacuation of two hospitals, including premature babies and patients in intensive care had been completed. More than 2,000 tons of live bombs, ammunitions, are found in each year in Germany.
In Frankfurt, bomb disposal experts will use a special system to try to unscrew the fuses attached to the HC4,000 bomb from a safe distance. If that fails a water jet will be used to cut the fuses away from the bomb. The bomb's assumed to have been dropped by Britain's Royal Air Force during the 1939 to 45 war.
1.5 million tons of bombs were dropped, but officials estimate 15% of them failed to explode. Some burrowing as much as six meters deep.