More than 50,000 people were evacuated from the German city of Hanover, after the discovery of multiple unexploded World War II bombs. While two of the suspected bombs were found from a construction site in the Vahrenwald district, three more were found from another suspected site near the location. The evacuation of the city started early in the morning on 7 May 2017. The residents were only allowed to return to their homes on 8 May 2017. The bombs, all British ones were defused successfully by experts.
It was the second largest evacuation of its kind carried out in Germany. The total number of affected people is about one-tenth of the city’s population. Hanover was the target of extensive bombing from the Allied forces in 1943, during World War II. The city alerted the residents about the evacuation by handing out leaflets in German, Polish, Turkish, English and Russian languages. The city museums opened their doors for the free admission of residents with no place to go and a senior citizens’ agency organized a Scrabble gathering.
Nearly 75 years after the end of World War II bombs, the discovery of unexploded bombs in Germany is not a rare sight, as they have been found in cities across the continent. Millions of bombs were dropped during the course of the war, many of which many did not go off and still stay buried around Germany. These undetonated bombs will only become more dangerous with time because of the breaking down of its components.