In the Southern German city of Augsburg, a shocking estimate of 50,000 Germans have been asked to evacuate the city immediately on Christmas day upon the discovery an unexploded 1.8 ton British bomb that had been dropped by the Royal Air Force (RAF) back in the second World War.
Augsburg had seen a tragic destruction of their historic centers when the American and British air force had bombarded the city in the year 1944.
It is not considered to be uncommon for discovering more bombs that have unexploded within Germany, but this forced evacuation has served as the largest one ever since the German citizens fled during the second World War.
Discovery of the RAF Bomb
The bomb came as a surprise finding when construction work was taking place within the historic area, and the authorities have stated that the finding of this bomb actually comes at a rather convenient time since on Christmas Day most residents are elsewhere with their family and friends, which means the traffic is far less, making it far more easier for the bomb squad to neutralize the 1.8 ton bomb.
Police Urge Residents to Leave
Kurt Gribi, the mayor of Augsburg posted on the Twitter account of Augsburg in which he delivered a statement telling the residents who are worried about this matter to leave for the time being, and to leave independently if they can, with Christmas gifts and other possessions to be left behind for now.
The authorities went by each home to urge the residents to leave as soon as possible as a deadline for evacuation had been set for 10 am.
The entire event was assisted with about 4,000 personnel from the local authorities, along with firemen. Schools are temporarily being used as potential shelters in case the worst should happen.
Charges for public transportation had been dropped for the process of the evacuation, and the authorities are unsure just as to how long the diffusing of the bomb will last for.