The bomb was found at a construction site in the Gallus district and the site had to be cordoned off within 700 m due to the damage the device could cause if it were to explode.
QSome 12,800 people were evacuated on Sunday in Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital, to enable the defusing of a British 500 kg bomb dating from World War II, authorities said.
The bomb was found at a construction site in the Gallus district and the site had to be cordoned off within a radius of 700 m due to the damage the device could cause if it were to explode, according to the same sources.
Due to restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the operation could take time and continue into the evening, according to the authorities.
Germany remains littered with unexploded bombs that are often found on construction sites, 75 years after the end of World War II.
Seven bombs were thus defused this year after being discovered at the first European Tesla site of electric cars, which is due to open near Berlin in 2021.
Others have been this year in Cologne (west) and Dortmund (west).
In 2017, the discovery in Frankfurt of a 1.4-ton bomb caused the evacuation of 65,000 people, the largest evacuation operation in Europe since 1945.