Sec­ond World War bomb is de­fused af­ter 75,000 peo­ple evac­u­ated

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

THES­SA­LONIKI, Greece — Au­thor­i­ties in the north­ern Greek city of Thes­sa­loniki evac­u­ated an es­ti­mated 75,000 peo­ple Sun­day so army ex­perts could defuse a 227-kilo­gram un­ex­ploded Sec­ond World War bomb found un­der a gas sta­tion. The evac­u­a­tion started at 7 a.m. Po­lice went house-to-house ring­ing bells and knock­ing on doors to re­mind peo­ple living within a 1.9-kilo­me­tre, mostly in the western sub­urb of Korde­lio, to leave their homes. Bomb dis­posal ex­perts started work at 11.30 a.m., 90 min­utes later than planned, but de­fused the bomb in only 30 min­utes, Cen­tral Mace­do­nia gov­er­nor Apos­to­los Tz­izikostas an­nounced. The bomb was now go­ing to be taken to an army fir­ing range. The city’s main bus sta­tion was shut down, trains in the area were halted and churches can­celled their Sun­day ser­vices.

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