More than 60,000 people will have to evacuate Frankfurt, Germany, on Sunday so authorities can defuse a massive World War II bomb.
The British bomb, which contains 1.4 tons of explosives, according to police, was found on Tuesday on a construction site near Goethe University Frankfurt.
The situation is not currently dangerous, police have said, but the evacuation — the largest in Germany's postwar history — is being mandated as a precaution.
“Due to the large size of the bomb, extensive evacuation measures must be taken," Frankfurt police said in a statement.
The evacuation will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, with the bomb disposal happening later that day and taking about four hours.
A number of emergency spaces will be opened to the public to accommodate those in the affected area, which includes several retirement homes and a hospital.
Large-scale evacuations due to World War II bombs are a frequent occurrence in Germany. According to Hessenschau, it happens about once a year.
Just last year, more than 54,000 people were evacuated from Augsburg on Christmas Day to allow authorities to defuse a bomb.
Julia Reinstein is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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