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50,000 people were evacuated from a German city after 5 WWII bombs were uncovered

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More than 50,000 people were evacuated from their homes in the German city of Hannover after five suspected aerial bombs from World War II were uncovered. 

Two of the bombs were found at a construction site and three more were found nearby, according to city officials. 

Bomb disposal experts originally reviewed 13 suspicious objects, but later determined that only five needed to be defused, the BBC reports. 

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This operation is the second largest of its kind and will affect 10 percent of the city's population, according to the BBC. 


Evacuations began Friday and leaflets in German, Polish, Turkish, English and Russian were delivered door-to-door on Sunday to make sure everyone was out of the area before the bombs were defused.

City officials also put moving restrictions in place for security purposes, causing many to search for alternate routes to certain destinations. 

The city set up museum tours, films and sporting events to entertain residents who were displaced by the evacuation, the BBC reports. 

Authorities said they hope residents will be able to return to their homes by Sunday evening.

Evacuations like this one are not uncommon in German cities. Hannover, in particular, was bombed heavily by Allied forces during WWII. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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