54,000 evacuated on Christmas after Germany finds WWII bomb

A roadblock is seen in Augsburg, southern Germany, on December 25, 2016 as thousands are evacuated from their homes following the discovery of a WWII bombAn unwelcome Christmas surprise in southern Germany forced the evacuation of 54,000 people from their homes Sunday after the discovery of a bomb dating from World War II, local authorities said. It was a British bomb that was found in the city of Augsburg and led to the biggest mobilisation in Germany — around 900 police officers — since the war itself. The 1.8-tonne explosive had been found on Tuesday during work at a construction site in the centre of the Bavarian city, but authorities planned to defuse the bomb around mid-day Sunday.

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