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Hundreds evacuated in Germany so WWII bomb can be defused

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    A large water fountain rises behind the Iron Bridge when a bomb from WWII in the Main River was detonated with a blast in Frankfurt, Germany, today. About 600 people had to leave their homes for security reasons. On the right in the background is the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB).

BERLIN >> Some 600 people have been evacuated from their homes in the old city of Frankfurt so specialists could remove a World War II-era bomb that was discovered in the Main River.

The German news agency dpa reported the bomb was defused, as planned, underwater today, which led to a loud detonation and a big water fountain on the river. Police told dpa “the bomb is no longer a danger.”

Firefighters had discovered the American 550-pound bomb during diving training in the river on Tuesday.

Even more than 70 years after the end of the war, bombs and other munitions still turn up regularly in Germany, a testament to the ferocity of the fighting in World War II.

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