Evacuation as WWII bomb is defused

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16 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — Residents of 170 houses in the Meerhoven district of Eindhoven have been vacated from their houses for several hours on Friday while an unexploded bomb is dealt with.

16 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — Residents of 170 houses in the Meerhoven district of Eindhoven have been vacated from their houses for several hours on Friday while an unexploded bomb is dealt with.

A 425-metre perimeter around the 500-pound British bomb has being cleared as a precaution.

A portion of the Flight Forum industrial estate will not be accessible during the disposal operation, the city council said in a statement on Monday.

Meerhoven was built in an area in which there was a runway for the Welschap Air Field. The field was used by German forces during World War II and was repeatedly bombed by the Allies.

Unexploded ordnance has been repeatedly uncovered in the area since then.

Experts attached to the bomb disposal team EOD have not ruled out the possibility the bomb may explode during the attempt to defuse it. Barriers have been erected around the bomb to limit any damage if it detonates prematurely.

The EOD said more World War II bombs may be found in the area in future. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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