WWII bomb discovery forces evacuation of Italian town

WWII bomb discovery forces evacuation of Italian town

Italian bomb experts have moved to the sea for safe detonation a 500-pound (225-kilogram) British bomb from the Second World War, accidentally dug up in an Adriatic town.

Fano Mayor Massimo Seri said the town was officially "out of danger" and that residents could return home after the bomb was transported to the ocean, according to The Local. Schools remained closed, but the local train station, port and airport were back in service.

The bomb was found in a building site at Fano Tuesday night and 23,000 people were evacuated. The city hospital was evacuated too and its air space barred to flights, after the bomb was accidentally triggered and risked blowing up.

On Wednesday, the town hall said the bomb was neutralized in "a special and highly risky operation" by army and navy experts, who lifted it and dropped it in the sea.

Following the collapse of Benito Mussolini's Fascist regime in 1943, Italy was invaded and became the scene of fighting between advancing Allied forced and retreating Nazi troops. You can sign up to receive it directly here.

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