German citizens were evacuated from a sector of the unassuming city of Dresden when a bomb dating back to World War II was discovered during construction work this week.


Approximately 8,700 individuals, both private citizens and employees of local business, had their day disrupted when authorities evacuated the quarantined area, with the final group of people evacuated around 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Over 700 police officers are on the scene to help.

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Situated near a train station, defusing this bomb is a complicated process and experts were unsure of how long the process would take. The explosive is British in origin and weighs around 550 pounds.


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Police spokesperson Thomas Geithner discussed the nature of their plan with the wesite Their strategy to safely disarm the explosive involves affixing a device to the detonator and then remotely detaching it from the bomb. Given the explosive’s current state, it unfortunately cannot be safely defused through normal means.

According to Geithner, there’s a 50 percent chance the bomb will go off during this process, but they plan to mitigate the potential damage by encasing the area with water tanks and sizable rocks. A wall is also being constructed to protect the surrounding area.

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