Unexploded American WWII Bomb Brings Frankfurt to a Halt

A defused WWII bomb, after 16,000 people were evacuated due to the defusing of the bomb near the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, July 7, 2019. The bomb was discovered during construction work. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
AP Photo/Michael Probst

An unexploded American World War II bomb caused 16,000 people to be evacuated from the German city of Frankfurt on Monday morning after it was discovered by workers on a building site.

The evacuations took place near the European Central Bank to allow an ordnance disposal team to deactivate one of the 1,100-pound bomb’s two detonators. It was dropped by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) at the height of the European campaign in 1944/45.

The bomb was discovered during construction work last month and detonation was scheduled to minimize potential disruption of the city, which acts as the country’s financial capital.

WWII two bombs are still commonly discovered in places throughout Germany 75 years after the war.

In April, 2,500 people were evacuated from central Cologne as a bomb weighing as much as 880 pounds was defused.

Divers with the city’s fire service were participating in a routine training exercise when they found the 250kg (550lb) device. Parts of the old town around Frankfurt Cathedral were affected, as well as the opposite bank of the Main.

In 2017, German police defused a 1.4 ton World War II bomb (HC 4000 air mine) in central Frankfurt, after some 60,000 people were evacuated.

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