World War II bomb forces thousands evacuate near Paris: report

09:55, February 07, 2011      

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A bomb dated back to the World War II was defused on Sunday morning in a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, making thousands of local residents evacuated for safety, local press reported.

In Boulogne-Billancourt, 8.2 km west from the center of Paris, around 6,000 residents were evacuated early Sunday as security forces spent two hours to neutralize the dud bomb, which was discovered on Jan. 27, according to the report.

The 500-kilogram bomb surfaced at a construction site used to be a factory of automaker Renault where had been air raided several times by the Allies between 1942 and 1943 when it was controlled by the Nazi Germany, the same source said.

Last October, 10,000 people were evacuated in Rennes for another World War II bomb.

Source: Xinhua
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