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World War II bomb defused in Germany

world Updated: Feb 24, 2009 15:55 IST

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German police say 15,000 residents were evacuated from their homes during the night in a northern town as experts defused a World War II-era bomb.

Residents in part of Celle were evacuated on Monday evening after the bomb was found on the grounds of an industrial property. Explosives experts defused the 2,000-pound (900-kilogram) American bomb early on Tuesday in an operation that lasted 35 minutes. People were then allowed back into their homes.

Though World War II ended more than six decades ago, it is still relatively common for unexploded Allied bombs to be found in Germany.