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Defusing a World War II bomb on the exhibition grounds

03.06.2020 | 17:58 Clock | Service
Defusing a World War II bomb on the exhibition grounds

During construction work at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds, an American 500 kg aerial bomb from World War II was discovered yesterday, Tuesday. The World War II bomb is secured and is in a stable position. On Friday, June 5th, the bomb is to be defused, making it necessary to evacuate the surrounding area. About 2700 people are affected. They will be informed by means of leaflets. If you want to check if it concerns you, you can find a map with the evacuation zone here:

What makes the evacuation a little easier is the fact that facilities such as nursing homes or hospitals are not in the evacuation zone. All persons in the area to be evacuated who are not dependent on outside help must have left their homes and the entire area marked on the map by 09:00 on Friday, June 5, 2020.

During this period, people in need of help or bedridden people who have notified the fire brigade of their transport requirements in advance will also be evacuated by the rescue services and civil protection units and taken to the care centre or other facilities.

These persons are requested to report via the public telephone by Thursday, 04.06.2020, 18:00 hours, in order to ensure transport by the rescue services. In addition, a transport notification can also be made online on the fire brigade's website (

For people affected by the evacuation, a care centre will be set up in Hall 11. It will be open from 08:00 hrs. However, in order to avoid corona infections within the care centre, it is pointed out that the rules of distance must be observed and a mouth-nose cover must be worn. Furthermore, in order to trace possible chains of infection, the contact details of all persons present in the care centre, including the duration of their stay and the area where they will be staying, will be documented.

As soon as the evacuation measures have been completed, the evacuation area will be checked by the police. It is not yet possible to give any concrete information about the duration of the defusing process. The end of the closures, which is expected to be 6:00 p.m., will be announced by radio announcements as well as via social media channels.

From 8:30 a.m. public transport (subways, trams, buses) will be suspended in the affected area. The S-Bahn service will be maintained until 10:30 a.m. with the exception of the Messe S-Bahn station. The Messe S-Bahn station will no longer be served after 08:30 a.m. The respective transport companies will inform about cancellations, timetable changes and closures on their own channels.

Affected persons are asked to inform their neighbours as well. Up-to-date information can be obtained via radio, the social media channels of the police and fire brigade and the fire brigade's website

The Frankfurt fire brigade is setting up a citizens' hotline at 069 / 212 - 111. It can be reached at the following times: Thursday, 04.06.2020, from 08:00 to 18:00 Friday, 05.06.2020, from 06:00 to the end of the emergency measures.

People who are currently subject to an isolation or quarantine order issued by the public health department are requested to contact the fire department by calling 069 / 212 44374 or by e-mail to and to agree on the evacuation procedure.

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