Frankfurt to evacuate 70,000 to defuse WWII bomb

A blue tent covering a World War II bomb founded during construction works in Frankfurt Main, Germany, on Wednesday. (EPA photo)

FRANKFURT -- Around 70,000 inhabitants of Germany's financial capital Frankfurt will be ordered to leave their homes on Sunday while a large World War Two bomb discovered at a building site is made safe, the police said.

Germany's central bank, the Bundesbank, Frankfurt's Goethe University, and at least two hospitals will also be evacuated, in one of the largest evacuations in German post-war history.

The 1.4-tonne HC 4000 bomb dropped by the British air force during World War Two was uncovered on a building site on Wismarer Strasse in Frankfurt's leafy Westend where many wealthy bankers live.

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