The German authorities in Essen found a huge bomb dating back to World War II.
The authorities said that the found bomb had three detonating fuses, revealing that the workers had found it during excavations, noting that an air mine with such explosive power had not been found in Essen for 20 years.
Against this background, nearly 11,000 people living in a radius of about a kilometer around the site of the bomb left their homes in the district of Schöppenberg.
And the authorities began earlier Wednesday to place the residents and employees of eight care and care institutions for the elderly and the disabled in the danger circle in a safe place, and seven nurseries were closed within the danger circle throughout the day.
The movement of cars, buses and trains was restricted within the area concerned, as well as the temporary closure of some streets and a railway linking the main train station in Essen and the city of Gelsenkirchen.
After several hours, the German authorities in the city managed to defuse the bomb.
It is noteworthy that the German authorities announced last May that about 25,000 people were evacuated in Frankfurt, the country’s financial capital, after a 500-kilogram bomb dating back to World War II was found.
Germany is still full of unexploded bombs, which are often found in construction workshops, 76 years after the end of World War II, and the German authorities dismantled 7 bombs in 2020, after finding them at the first European site for Tesla electric cars, which will be completed in Berlin in 2021, according to Agence France-Presse.
Other bombs were discovered last year in Cologne, Dortmund and Frankfurt, and in 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt caused the evacuation of 65,000 people in the largest evacuation in Europe since 1945.