A German bomb disposal team gives the all-clear after defusing an unexploded World War II bomb that forced a mass evacuation in the city of Dresden.
The operation had been complicated by a fire sparked when specialists blasted off the bomb’s fuse, which had forced them to stay clear of the site for hours until the flames were extinguished.
By Thursday afternoon, an armored backhoe was able to clear the smoldering rubble and confirm that the 550-pound dud bomb had been safely deactivated.
Police then had allowed the almost 9,000 evacuees to return to their homes in a district near Dresden’s central railway station, including two elderly care homes and a hospital.
No one was injured during the defusal operation in the cordoned-off area.
More than 70 years after the end of the war, unexploded bombs are regularly found in Germany, a potentially deadly legacy of the intense Allied bombing campaign against Nazi Germany.