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The Wall Street Journal: Discovery of World War II bomb prompts Germany’s largest evacuation since the war

FRANKFURT — German police were clearing buildings in the financial capital in the country’s largest evacuation since World War II after the discovery of a “blockbuster” bomb from that era.

More than 60,000 residents were being evacuated from an upscale neighborhood as authorities prepared to defuse and remove the bomb on Sunday, after it was unearthed at a construction site near Frankfurt’s Goethe University earlier in the week, officials said.

Frankfurt fire chief Reinhard Ries told reporters on Friday that the bomb was believed to be an HC 4000, the type dropped by the British air force during the war, also known as “blockbuster” bombs.

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