75,000 Evacuated So World War II Bomb Can Be Defused

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Military officers unload sacks of sand next to a hole in the ground (R), where a 250 kg World War Two bomb was found during excavation works at a gas station, before an operation to defuse it that will take place on Sunday, in Thessaloniki, Greece February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

THESSALONIKI, Greece – Authorities in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki evacuated an estimated 75,000 people in order to defuse a 500-pound unexploded World War II bomb found under a gas station, Fox News reports.

The evacuation started at 7 a.m. but three hours later it was still continuing, delaying the expected start of the bomb-defusing operation. Police went house-to-house ringing bells and knocking on doors to remind people living within a 1.9-kilometer (1.18-mile) radius, mostly in the western suburb of Kordelio, to leave their homes.

Many people left in their cars, but some were being bused to schools and sports halls elsewhere in the city, where they can find food and shelter. Read more: Fox News

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