German Officials Defuse Huge World War II Aerial Bomb In German City, 54,000 Residents Evacuated
By FOX NEWS // December 25, 2016
southern German city of Augsburg
ABOVE VIDEO: More than 54,000 evacuated in Germany after unexploded WWII bomb found
GERMANY (FOX NEWS) – Explosives experts on Sunday defused a large World War II aerial bomb in the southern German city of Augsburg — clearing the way for thousands of evacuated residents to return to their Christmas celebrations at home.
City police tweeted that they had “good news at Christmas” just before 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) Sunday. They had earlier been unable to say how long residents would have to stay away.
Some 32,000 households with 54,000 residents in the city’s historic central district were forced to leave by 10 a.m. Christmas morning so experts could handle the bomb.
They had to clean seven decades of muck off the bomb so they could find and disable its three detonators. The munition’s large size — 1.8 tons — suggested it was a so-called blockbuster of the type dropped by British forces, with the aim of blowing surrounding buildings apart so that accompanying incendiary bombs could start fires more easily.