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Zurich residents evacuated after gardeners find WW2 bomb

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The bomb dated back to the late 1930s. Photo: Zurich cantonal police
10:53 CEST+02:00
Residents in Zurich's Küsnacht district were evacuated on Tuesday after an unexploded bomb turned up during gardening works near an old people's home.

A 100m2 area was cordoned off after the bomb was found near the Sonnenhof old people’s home at around 2.45pm in the afternoon, Zurich cantonal police said in a statement.

Personnel from the Swiss army’s Kamir bomb squad and from the Zurich Forensic Science Instituteinvestigated the unexploded bomb before giving the all-clear for residents to return to their homes.

The device measuring 70 centimetres and weighing 25 kilograms was an aircraft bomb using for testing purposes in 1938/1939, according to Zurich police.

A helicopter, the fire brigade and ambulance services were all on hand during the operation on Tuesday afternoon.

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