Greek city set for biggest peacetime evacuation over 250kg WW2 bomb

Up to 72,000 people will be evacuated from their homes in Thessaloniki so experts can defuse and remove a World War Two bomb.

A screengrab showing the site where an unexploded World War Two bomb was discovered in Greece’s second-biggest city of Thessaloniki. Picture: Twitter/@CostasKantouris.

ATHENS - Up to 72,000 people will be evacuated from their homes in Greece’s second-biggest city of Thessaloniki on Sunday so experts can defuse and remove a World War Two bomb.

The 250kg bomb was discovered about five meters below ground during excavation works at a gas station last week.

Military experts will attempt to defuse the bomb where it is in an operation expected to last several hours.

Starting at 6am (04.00 GMT) on Sunday, buses will take residents living within a 2km radius of the bomb site to local gyms, stadiums and cafes, police said, in the country’s biggest peacetime evacuation.