COLOGNE, Germany

Two Second World War era bombs were successfully defused Sunday in the German city of Dortmund.

The 250-kilogram (551-pound) American and British bombs were defused after more than 14,000 people were evacuated from the surrounding area, said the Dortmund municipality.

Authorities also evacuated schools and hospitals and shut down the city’s train station as a precaution.

Unexploded bombs have been frequently discovered in Germany since the end of World War II.

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