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