Unexploded 1,800-kg bomb defused in Germany

German authorities safely defused a huge bomb left over from World War II after evacuating large parts of the western city of Dortmund on Sunday.

20,000 evacuated in Dortmund, Germany after unexploded bomb uncovered

Residents in Dortmund wait in the Westfalen Halle hall as authorities defuse a massive bomb, discovered after experts analyzed old aerial photographs. (Marcus Simaitis/The Associated Press)

German authorities safely defused a huge bomb left over from World War II after evacuating large parts of the western city of Dortmund on Sunday.

About 20,000 people were taken to safety before explosives experts moved in to defuse the unexploded 1,800-kilogram bomb that was discovered by analyzing old aerial photographs.

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-era bombs are regularly discovered in Germany, they are rarely as big as this one.

A similar bomb find two years ago prompted the evacuation of around 45,000 people in the city of Koblenz along the Rhine river.

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