16,000 people affected by WWII bomb found in Frankfurt

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.

16,000 people affected by WWII bomb found in Frankfurt
Frankfurt's Europaviertal (Europe neighbourhood). Photo: DPA

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.

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WWII bomb found in Frankfurt safely detonated after mass evacuation

A massive World War II bomb found in Germany's financial capital Frankfurt was safely detonated in the early hours of Thursday, the city's fire service said, allowing tens of thousands of evacuated residents to return to their homes.

WWII bomb found in Frankfurt safely detonated after mass evacuation
Experts stand on mountains of sand, which were put in place to soften the force of the explosion of the WWII bomb in Frankfurt's Nordend. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Frank Rumpenhorst

The 500-kilogram unexploded bomb was unearthed during construction work on Wednesday in the densely populated Nordend area of the city, a location firefighters said made it a “particular challenge” to remove.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper reported the ordnance had been discovered right next to a children’s playground at a depth of about two metres (6.5 feet).

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Its report said the controlled blast, which happened just after midnight, “sounded like thunder rumbling” and left a hole three metres deep and ten metres wide.

Firefighters said that they had covered the bomb with 40 truckloads of sand before detonating it, in order to minimise damage to the surrounding buildings.

Around 25,000 people had been asked to evacuate the area, including the occupants of a nearby community hospital’s neonatal ward.

Among residents who took shelter at a skating rink was 29-year-old Tobias, carrying his pet cat in a cage.

He said he had heard the news over a police loudspeaker and been ordered to leave his home immediately, causing a “bit of stress”.

Barbara, 77, told AFP the news was “a bit of a shock, we don’t expect that”.

However, building works in Germany regularly unearth unexploded World War II ordnance, 76 years after the conflict’s end.

Seven bombs were defused in 2020 on land near Berlin where Tesla plans to build its first factory in Europe for electric cars.  

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Other bombs were also discovered last year in Frankfurt, Cologne, and Dortmund.

In Frankfurt, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in 2017 led to the removal of 65,000 people, the biggest such evacuation in Europe since 1945.