50,000 Evacuated In German City After WWII Bombs Uncovered

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – About 50,000 people are heading back to their homes in the northern German city of Hanover after bomb-disposal experts defused three World War II bombs discovered at a construction site.

Officials initially suspected there were five bombs but investigation of what were suspected to be bomb sites in a nearby park turned up nothing.

Around 1,000 people used shelters provided by officials during the nine-hour evacuation Sunday. City museums dropped their admission charge and community centers organized events for children and seniors.

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Such finds are not unusual in Germany, which was heavily bombed by British and American planes. On Christmas Day 54,000 people had to leave their homes in Augsburg as a large bomb was defused.

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