Discovery of US WWII bomb in Cologne

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(DW) – Thousands of people were evacuated in parts of the German city of Cologne following the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb yesterday.

A statement from Cologne officials say that the device that was found was a US bomb that has at least one impact detonator and weighed 500kg (1,100lbs).

Bomb disposal experts arrived at the site in the district of Deutz on the eastern side of the river shortly before midday and defused the bomb within 25 minutes. Security measures were lifted soon after.

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