>> A massive World War II bomb found in Germany's financial capital, Frankfurt, has now been rendered harmless by German explosives experts, following what was reportedly the largest evacuation in Germany since the end of the war. Even thought it's more than 70 years old, officials had warned the 4,000 pound bomb still packed a punch.
Fire Chief said an uncontrolled explosion could have flattened a city block. Despite that, some residents had refused to be evacuated from the area around the weapon, delaying the start of the disposal operation. Stragglers were taken into custody so work could begin, police said. In total, 60,000 people were evacuated from their homes.
And more than 1,000 emergency service workers were deployed to clear an area of a mile around the device. The bomb was found last week on a building site in the leafy Westend area of Frankfurt, home to many wealthy bankers. The evacuation area included two hospitals, care homes, the city's Opera House, and Germany's central bank, the Bundesbank, where $70 billion in gold reserves are stored underground.
City officials say this bomb was dropped by Britain's Royal Air Force between 1939 and 1945, just 1 of 1.5 million tons of explosives dropped on Germany during the war.