The biggest evacuation in Germany since the end of World War II has gone off with barely a hitch. On Sunday about 65,000 residents living in a one-mile area of Frankfurt had to evacuate their homes while authorities defused an unexploded bomb, the BBC reports. The WWII-era British HC 4000 bomb was discovered Tuesday at a building site, and authorities said that an uncontrolled explosion could flatten a city street. Police made sure the area was clear by using heat-sensing technology, and noted a couple of stragglers may face criminal charges.
There are believed to be hundreds of thousands of unexploded WWII-era bombs in Germany. Officials believe about 15% of the bombs dropped on Germany during the war failed to explode, and many ended up buried deep in the ground.
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