This is the biggest evacuation of its kind in post-war Germany, Frankfurt’s security chief Markus Frank said. The bomb, nicknamed “Wohnblockknacker” , was discovered on Tuesday during building works, on Wismarer Street close to the Goethe University. The bomb site is close to the city center and just some 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) north of the main Zeil shopping area. Homes and buildings within a 1.5-kilometer radius of the site must to be cleared by 06.00 GMT, and residents will likely need to stay away until 18.00 GMT.
Site of the bomb
The operation to defuse the bomb is expected to begin at midday and to take approximately four hours. The Westend district is home to many of Frankfurt’s top bankers, including European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi. Two major hospitals are also within the evacuation zone, including one with a big ward of newborns. The patients were moved Saturday. More than 70 years after the end of the war, unexploded bombs are regularly found buried in Germany. As an other example, in May, 50,000 residents were forced to leave their homes in the northern city of Hanover for an operation to defuse several WWII-era bombs.