Thousands evacuated in Italy after WWII bomb discovered

Bulgaria More than 20,000 People Evacuated from an Italian City Because of a World War II Projectile

Bulgaria More than 20,000 People Evacuated from an Italian City Because of a World War II Projectile

Italian Army bomb experts remove a bomb from World War II, in Fano, Italy, early Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Officials said the device was neutralized at sea in a "highly risky operation".

The 500-pound British bomb was accidentally dug up in Fano, prompting the evacuation of 23,000 from the Adriatic town.

Mayor Massimo Seri announced that Fano was "out of danger and fully safe", as he revoked evacuation orders and allowed local shops, public offices and the hospital to reopen. Schools remained closed, but the local train station, port and airport were back in service.

The army said the Italian navy took the bomb out to an area in the Adriatic outside navigation routes.

The bomb was found in a building site at Fano Tuesday night and 23,000 people were evacuated.

According to the SkyTG24 news channel, the 225kg TNT bomb had a delayed fuse that was accidentally set off, and could have exploded within 144 hours of its discovery.

The accidental unearthing of Allied bombs is an occasional event in Italy.

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