54,000 People Evacuated As Huge British Bomb Discovered And Bomb Squad Go In

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Around 54,000 people were evacuated from an Italian city as bomb disposal experts worked to defuse a British Second World War bomb, authorities have said.

The evacuation in the southern Italian city of Brindisi on Sunday saw more than 60% of the city’s residents forced to vacate a “red zone” in a radius of 1,617 metres  from where the bomb was found.

The British bomb, was a whopper it’s believed to have been dropped on the city in 1941,and is one metre long and contains 40kg of dynamite, authorities said.

Brindisi’s airport, train station, two hospitals and a prison were shut down and evacuated as part of the operation with prisoners having to be transferred to different jails.

 

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