Over 10,000 evacuated in Turin, Italy over British bomb dropped during WWII
All residents living in the ‘red zone’ around Turin’s Nizza Street where the bomb was found were told to leave their homes and evacuate the area between 7am and 4pm (local time). Another 50,000 were asked to either leave their homes in advance or stay inside for the entire period while the bomb was defused.
La bomba è stata disinnescata con successo – Torino torna alla normalità... pic.twitter.com/S3rDKSqUTJ— Torino News 24 (@TorinoNews24) December 1, 2019
Both airspace over the city and the nearby Porta Nuova train station were also shut down during the operation.
The bomb that caused the fuss was a 500-pound British munition dropped on the city some 70 years ago. According to the authorities, it contained 65kg (140lbs) of TNT.
Elvio Pascale, an army officer who coordinated the operation, said the most delicate part of defusing could take up to seven hours. Turin Mayor Chiara Appendino was also present at the site.Also on rt.com Berlin's Schoenefeld airport shuts down after WW2 BOMB discovered
According to some local media reports, soldiers were deployed to patrol the evacuated areas to prevent theft and looting. Eventually, the bomb was defused faster than expected and the locals were allowed to return to their homes.
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