More than 10,000 people were forced to evacuate the northwestern Italian city of Turin on Sunday as bomb experts worked to defuse a 70-year-old World War II bomb.
Residents in the central part of the Italian city were told to evacuate a “red zone” in the city’s historic district, while another 50,000 in an outer perimeter were advised to leave their homes in advance or remain inside during the operation.
The 500-pound bomb, which contained 140 pounds of dynamite, was dropped by British forces on the city 70 years ago, authorities said, according to The Local. . .
La bomba è stata disinnescata con successo – Torino torna alla normalità… pic.twitter.com/S3rDKSqUTJ
— Torino News 24 (@TorinoNews24) December 1, 2019
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— Chiara Appendino (@c_appendino) December 1, 2019
— La Stampa Torino (@StampaTorino) December 1, 2019
She added that a detonator at the tail end of the device required deactivating and was the reason for the operation, according to the BBC.
On Sunday afternoon, local media reported the operation to decommission the bomb was completed faster than expected and residents within the two impacted zones were allowed to go back home. (Read more from “WWII Bomb Forces 10,000 to Evacuate City” HERE)