Big Evacuation in Germany – level 3

07-09-2017 07:00

Bomb disposal experts in Germany defused a massive WW2 bomb nicknamed ‘Blockbuster’. The bomb was one of thousands dropped by the Royal Air Force from Britain during the war.

The unexploded 1.8-tonne bomb forced an evacuation within a 1.5-kilometre radius, ruining the day for about 60,000 people in Frankfurt. Hospital patients were most affected by what is Germany’s biggest evacuation in recent years.

One bomb disposal expert said that people first moved to the fuses and then the detonators, which were tricky, as any chemical reaction could have detonated the bomb.

Difficult words: fuse (a length of material along which a small flame moves to explode), detonator (a device or small sensitive charge used to detonate an explosive).

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