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    British WWII bomb forces evacuation of Koblenz

    Plans are being made to evacuate nearly half the residents of Koblenz next weekend so that a 1.8 tonnes British WWII bomb found in the Rhine River can be defused. Two hospitals and a prison are within the evacuation zone.

    The enormous bomb, dropped by the Royal Air Force, was only discovered thanks to the unusually low level of the Rhine, due to a severe lack of rain over the last few weeks.
    The bomb disposal situation has been complicated by the discovery of two more, smaller bombs in the mud nearby.

    The Koblenz city council said around 45,000 people will have to move, that is around 42 percent of the city’s population, in what will be the biggest evacuation in its history.
    An evacuation radius of 1.8 kilometres has been decided upon. This means 700 patients at two hospitals will have to be moved, as well as the residents of seven old people’s homes and prisoners in a jail. The city’s main train station will also have to be emptied as well as several hotels.
    That's... massive. Here's hoping that all goes well.

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    Viel Glueck.

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    Best of luck to the brave guys dealing with the bombs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corrupt View Post
    Best of luck to the brave guys dealing with the bombs.
    Well said.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corrupt View Post
    Best of luck to the brave guys dealing with the bombs.
    x2.....................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corrupt View Post
    Best of luck to the brave guys dealing with the bombs.
    x3,any picture what kind of bomb is it ? O_O

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    Good luck to all involved.

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    bomb technichians must be issued ****-proof undies. and extra place to fit their testes cuz u need big ones for this
    jeez ww2 rly was a mess.... they still finding these things???

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    45,000?! Christ, what is it? A freaking A-bomb?!?!

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    I feel like there has to be a story behind the bomb. Wasn't most WWII bombardment carpet bombing? Usually when they find an unexploded bomb they have to evacuate a building or a block just to be safe, but half a city?

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    If the report is correct in saying it is a British bomb of 1.8tonnes it looks like it is one of these big'uns:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cookie_%28bomb%29#Design

    Good luck to those diffusing it!

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    I wonder if the bomb squad guys bother using bomb disposal suits when dealing with such very large bombs? If it goes boom, there's not going to be anything left of them anyway? These people are really brave,massive respect to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.MAC.122 View Post

    Christ! Up to 12000lbs?!!

    Godspeed to the EOD, and to the hospital staff, police, etc..

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    Typical British engineering.

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