The authorities of the city of Essen, in western Germany, evacuated about 11,000 people on Wednesday to deactivate a pump of unusual dimensions and dating from World War II.

The operation to disable the bomb, which was discovered on Tuesday in the Stoppenberg district, also assumed that another 27,000 people had to follow the protocols air protection during deactivation.

The work concluded on Wednesday night with “success” and the evacuees they were able to return to their homes after having spent a few hours cared for by the support services promoted by the municipality.

“In terms of both the explosive power and the resulting size of the restricted areas, this is the largest deactivation ever in Essen to date, “the city government stressed in a statement.

It is not uncommon for war artifacts to be discovered during construction sites in Germany. In this case it was a device with three detonators.

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