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Germany Evacuates 50,000 After Authorities Unearth Five WWII-Era Bombs

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Authorities in Germany have been in the process of evacuating approximately 50,000 people from their residences Saturday and Sunday after they discovered five suspected WWII-era bombs at a construction site.

City officials inspected eight other suspicious objects and concluded they were not dangerous, according to the Associated Press.

The operation in Hannover is expected to be the second largest carried out in Germany after 54,000 people were expelled from their Augsburg homes in December. The exposure of WWII bombs is not extraordinary as there have been at least four such incidences in the past eight years, according to BBC. While the origin of the bombs is not yet known, Allied planes conducted massive bombing campaigns all over Germany during the massive global conflict.

Officials reportedly passed out leaflets written in German, Polish, Turkish, English and Russian to almost every home and building to ensure everyone was properly notified of the potentially dangerous situation. Citizens were told to bring any necessary medication with them, and to temporarily discontinue their gas and electrical services, reports BBC.

Weapon experts and local authorities hope to diffuse the explosives by the end of Sunday so people can return to their normal lives.

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