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Thousands evacuated as massive World War II bomb is defused in Dortmund

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Thousands evacuated as massive World War II bomb is defused in Dortmund

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A huge World War II bomb has been safely defused in Dortmund, Germany. Over 20,000 people were evacuated from their homes as the device was made safe.

The 1800 kg explosive was found after experts analysed old aerial shots.

The bomb was dropped by Allied aircraft over the Ruhr region — a key industrial centre for the Nazis’ war machine.

While unexploded World War II bombs are regularly discovered in Germany, they are rarely as big as the one in Dortmund.