German bomb experts dismantled a US-era World War II bomb found in the western German city of Koblenz, coinciding with the evacuation of residents around Frankfurt to dismantle a larger bomb.
Some 21,000 people left the city of Koblenz, while experts succeeded in defusing a 500-kilogram bomb before firefighters allowed residents to return to their homes, Agence France-Presse reported.
The operation comes on the eve of the departure of three times the population who were evacuated from their homes in Frankfurt so that the authorities concerned can neutralize another huge bomb, in the largest evacuation in Germany after the war, the French agency confirmed.
The bomb, which was found in the center of Frankfurt, weighs 1.8 tons, made by a Briton, and its dismantling would lead to a massive evacuation of more than 60,000 people.
Local authorities said police would force the evacuation early on Sunday and residents could stay away from the area until 8 pm local time.
Unexploded bombs from Allied raids on Nazi Germany in the World War have always been found in buildings, forests, fields and sometimes in private gardens, although 70 years after the end of World War II.