Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The discovery of a World War II-era bomb in Halle in eastern Germany prompted the evacuation of the city center, including a hospital.
The 500-pound munition was uncovered early today by diggers in the southern part of the city center, police spokeswoman Ulrike Diener said by phone. A kindergarten and many houses are within an 800-meter (2,600-foot) radius being evacuated by city authorities, she said.
Patients in the city’s St. Elisabeth Hospital were being moved to another location as police aimed to defuse the bomb later today, the hospital said on its website.
The Saale valley region in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, where Halle is located, is the site of many bomb findings because it was the target of Allied air attacks aimed at the region’s Nazi-era chemicals industry, Diener said.
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