Germany evacuates entire town on Christmas Day after discovering Second World War bomb

Police say Christmas Day is the best time to defuse explosive

Sunday 25 December 2016 11:11
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Policemen place a road block in Augsburg, as around 54,000 residents are evacuated
Policemen place a road block in Augsburg, as around 54,000 residents are evacuated

Thousands of people in the German town of Augsburg have left Christmas presents and decorations behind after being forced to evacuate while authorities disarm a World War II bomb.

The bomb was uncovered last week during construction work in the city's historic central district. Police say Christmas Day is the best time to defuse it because there is less traffic and it is more likely people can stay with relatives.

Police vans with loudspeakers urged procrastinators to leave ahead of a 10am deadline.

Some 32,000 homes with 54,000 residents are in the evacuation zone. Christmas morning services at the medieval cathedral with its famed boys' choir were moved.

Police aren't making any promises about how long it will take. Schools and sports facilities have been opened as shelters.

Associated Press

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