More than 10,000 people living in the historic center of Turin, Italy, were temporarily evacuated this Sunday.
This was mandatory because an unexploded English bomb going back to the World War II was found and had to be inactivated. 50,000 others were asked to leave or stay at their homes between 7:00 and 16:00. It is a 500-pound English bomb, with a 65-kilogram heart of dynamite explosive, launched more than 70 years ago by Allied planes. After deactivating the rear fuse it will be transported to be exploded in a disused quarry. The device was found a few days ago in via Nizza, at number 61, during a dig at a construction site for district heating. In recent days, the soldiers of the 32nd Genio Guastatori Regiment have taken steps to secure the bomb.
Evacuation and security area in Turin
During the Sunday operation the trains are not be able to depart or arrive at Porta Nuova and will end their journey in the other stations of the city, depending on their direction of origin. Turin Airport confirmed the closure of the airspace from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on Sunday 1 December. During the Second World War, Turin suffered repeated and devastating bombings, which destroyed numerous buildings and damaged much of the city center.