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16,000 people affected by WWII bomb found in Frankfurt

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16,000 people affected by WWII bomb found in Frankfurt
Frankfurt's Europaviertal (Europe neighbourhood). Photo: DPA
17:36 CET+01:00
A bomb from the Second World War was discovered on Monday in Frankfurt's 'Europaviertel', the Frankfurt Fire Department confirmed to the FAZ newspaper on Monday.

The explosive was discovered during construction work in Europa Allee, FAZ reported.

In the course of diffusing the bomb - weight of which hasn't yet been revealed - extensive evacuation measures are to take place within a radius of 700 meters until about 8 pm.

About 16,000 people are affected, according to Frankfurt police.

According to a spokesman for Deutsche Bahn, the trains will no longer stop at the Messe (or Frankfurt trade fair, the world's largest) starting from 7 p.m. It's not yet known if the line will have to be completely closed off. 

The work to make the bomb safe is due to be completed by 1 a.m. Anybody who needs assistance due to not being able to access the area surrounding where the work is taking place can call 069/212111, reported FAZ.

SEE MORE: Thousands evacuated as World War II bomb found in Potsdam

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