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About 72 thousand people evacuated in Greece to deactivate WWII bomb
13:59, 12 February 2017
About 72 thousand people evacuated in Greece to deactivate WWII bomb

Disarming process should take no more that 6 hours

13:59, 12 February 2017

Reuters

Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate from Greece's second-largest city Thessaloniki on Sunday in order to deactivate a World War Two bomb, according to Reuters.

As the message says, the bomb weighs around 250 kg, it was discovered about 5 meters below the ground during excavation works at a petrol station last week.

72,000 local resident living in 2 km radius were asked to leave their homes. Buses came for people at gyms, stadiums and cafes.

At the same time, it is noted that refugees and migrants living in the camp at the abandoned factory will also be evacuated, they will get a trip to museum in Thessaloniki.

Pyrotechnists will be trying to deactivate the bomb at the scene.

It was later reported that the bomb was deactivated by specialists by midday, however the danger remained as authorities were planning to move it away from the site.

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