German Town Clears Out to Defuse 4K-lb. WWII Bomb
20K leave city of Dortmund when unexploded ordnance found
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 3, 2013 6:40 AM CST
A World War II bomb lies inside a transporter after it was defused in Berlin, in this April 3, 2013, file photo. Allied planes dropped huge quantities of bombs on Germany.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

(Newser) – More than 20,000 people are being evacuated from their homes in the west German city of Dortmund as authorities prepare to defuse a massive bomb left over from World War II. The 4,000-pound bomb was discovered after experts analyzed old aerial photographs while searching for unexploded ordnance dropped by Allied aircraft over Germany's industrial Ruhr region. City authorities said today they expect the operation to defuse the bomb to be completed by about 3:30pm.

While unexploded WWII-era bombs are regularly discovered in Germany, they are rarely as big as this one. A similar bomb find two years ago prompted the evacuation of some 45,000 people in the city of Koblenz along the Rhine river.

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Nov 4, 2013 12:57 AM CST
Jesus, a bomb weighing 2-tons? KABOOM if that thing goes off.
Nov 3, 2013 1:00 PM CST
WWII era bombs are regularly discovered in Germany... But yet:
Nov 3, 2013 11:36 AM CST
Mass murder has always been part of man's quest for self-destruction. WW2 lifted aspirations to greater heights. We slaughtered, incinerated and blew up millions. So did the Nazis, Russians, British, Chinese and Japanese. Bit players added to the insanity. Imagine what a 4,000 lb bomb does to a unprotected compact historic medieval German city full of pretty young fraulein and their children. How would you feel if you found pieces of your young daughter amid the rubble? Any wonder we have enemies? Ask Allah.