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2.5-meter by 70-centimeter device was found by bricklayers on private property near the Exeter university campus. Firemen working in the area to deactivate the explosive device

Hundreds of students from the University of Exeter, in the southwest of England, have been evacuated from their residences after the discovery of a bomb, still unexploded, from the Second World War, police-reported this Saturday.

Twelve Exeter student residences and a hundred other nearby properties were evacuated Friday night.

The police surrounded the area around the explosive device, measuring 2.5 meters by 70 centimeters, in order for it to be inspected this Saturday by British bombers.

Residents within the cordon were asked to leave their property and stay out of the area while experts perform work to ensure the device is safe.

Police authorities reported that they expect the work to be completed by the end of Saturday. A spokesman for the Devon and Cornwall Police asked the population not to approach the scene.

The bomb was reported at 9.20am on Friday and the University of Exeter evacuated 12 residences along with several other buildings on its Streatham campus.

In a tweet, the university noted that the device was found by bricklayers working on private property near the university campus and the students have been temporarily housed in hotels in the city.

Recently, more than 8,000 inhabitants of the city of Gottingen, in central Germany, were evacuated so that experts could defuse four suspected bombs found from World War II.

The experts found four ten-ton bombs belonging to the United States Army and decided to carry out a controlled detonation.

In Germany, the discovery of bombs from World War II is still common. In fact, in June 2010, three members of a bomb disposal team were killed and six people were injured when a World War II bomb exploded in Göttingen during attempts to defuse the device.

While in Italy, bomb squads last January successfully defused a World War II bomb whose discovery forced the evacuation of thousands of people in the Italian city of Bolzano, in the north of the country.

The deactivation operations lasted approximately two hours, during which nearly 4,500 residents in the affected area were evacuated.

The bomb had been dropped by a US aircraft and weighed 200 kilos. It was found during construction work near the city’s train station.

Meanwhile, in Poland, a British World War II bomb exploded last October as army demolition specialists tried to secure it underwater in the northwest of the country. No one was injured.

The pump Tallboy of 5.4 tons was found in September 2019 at the bottom of a channel leading to the port of Szczecin during the works to deepen the pipeline. More than 750 people were evacuated to the operation of the sappers in the southern edge of the popular resort of Swinoujscie, on the Baltic Sea, which is the same as Szczecin was a busy port Nazi military during the war.

Polish demolition experts tried to neutralize the underwater bomb by remote deflagration, which involves burning the explosives, but the device detonated in the process.

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