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World War II bomb prompts evacuation of 10000 in Poland

09 July 2017

Officials have begun evacuating about 10,000 people in eastern Poland after a huge World War II bomb was found during road works.

Anna Kowalska, spokeswoman for Bialystok town hall, said that about 10,000 residents were evacuated and bussed from the affected area to nearby schools.

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According to ABC News, the 500 kilogram (1,102 pound) German ST-500 bomb was found late Thursday during road works in the town of Bialystok, 190 kilometers (117 miles) northeast of Warsaw.

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Fierce fighting took place in Poland between the occupying Nazi Germans and the Red Army during World War II.

Evacuations were also carried out along the route soldiers were to take to bring the bomb to a military base where it would be destroyed.

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World War II bomb prompts evacuation of 10000 in Poland