Approximately 600 residents living near the Frankfurt's River Main in Germany were asked to evacuate due to a bomb threat dating back almost 80 years.
Divers doing a routing maintenance dive near the Alte Brücke (Old Bridge) on Tuesday discovered a bomb that had been submerged since World War II, according to German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH (DPA).
The antique bomb was detonated on Saturday, 08:00 am local time, creating a massive explosion from the river's water.
Please note: A WW2 bomb in the Main is to be defused tomorrow, Sunday, 14th! Around the area (see interactive map… https://t.co/GdxHBDC2fv— Frankfurt am Main (@Frankfurt am Main)1555167729.0
And it went off without a hitch.
Divers returned underwater to make sure the device was safe.
@Stadt_FFM @Polizei_Ffm @feuerwehrffm FWIW: The bomb has been dealt with - successfully. The evacuation order has b… https://t.co/rCIMJN4Ogd— Anorak (@Anorak)1555239595.0
The explosion is a sight to behold.
Mit einem lauten Knall und einer riesigen Wasserfontäne ist am Sonntag die #Weltkriegsbombe im Frankfurter Main auf… https://t.co/Wi0I8P0idy— hessenschau (@hessenschau)1555238766.0
Even from afar, the wall of water shooting upward looked like something from a movie.
Die neue Touristenattraktion in #Frankfurt. Die Mainfontaine zwischen Alter Brücke und Eisernem Steg... 😉… https://t.co/SVtvmMQK4N— Johannes Jüngst (@Johannes Jüngst)1555235304.0
@mostrecently Amazing picture. 👍🏻— Nurah (@Nurah)1555285363.0
The BBC reported that the discovery of wartime bombs and other war munitions are not uncommon.
Such routine inspections taking place is reassuring, considering the amount of water traffic taking place every day.
@Stefan_Jochum Just imagine how many boats have driven right over it 😅 thank goodness they found it and defused it— simbalovestacos (@simbalovestacos)1555259466.0
@Stefan_Jochum Remarkable that it was just now discovered???— Walkie (@Walkie)1555274779.0
Some expressed concern over the well-being of marine life.
@Stefan_Jochum @A_Chrisostomou Wowwwww what about the marine life— Addygaza 🇯🇲 🇨🇺 (@Addygaza 🇯🇲 🇨🇺)1555259810.0
@AddisonSimms @xizt_ence @Stefan_Jochum @A_Chrisostomou Who cares about the fish? 😂😂😂 they are food.— Zenith_Gaming (@Zenith_Gaming)1555282288.0
Visibility underwater was "zero" and left a crater measuring 5 meters wide after the detonation, according to a local publication.
@Stadt_FFM @Polizei_Ffm @feuerwehrffm @YouTube This article https://t.co/9NqJh673Q5 quotes the disposal team‘s lea… https://t.co/Tqe0Bvmthq— Anorak (@Anorak)1555266785.0
@Stadt_FFM @Polizei_Ffm @feuerwehrffm @YouTube Given that the river is barely 4 meters deep there usually, that is… https://t.co/UVwPxH9kol— Anorak (@Anorak)1555266947.0
@WGRZ "Defused" like a Micheal Bay Transformers Movie— smtddr (@smtddr)1555268195.0
Despite the magnificence of the metropolitan geyser, the real threat of such a detonation in the city was still terrifying.
@dhanush_ramuk still very scarry in the middle of the city— DIEFIEDERMAUS (@DIEFIEDERMAUS)1555271266.0
@bedoky It's crazy as Americans we have zero concept of this.— Eric Weiss (@Eric Weiss)1555267468.0
Last year, Berlin police led another controlled detonation of a wartime bomb that was discovered during a construction work in Heidestrasse.
In der #Heidestr. liegt der Ursprung allen Übels - die #Weltkriegsbombe. Unsere Feuerwerker vom #LKA stehen berei… https://t.co/zKzsNWCl5H— Polizei Berlin Einsatz (@Polizei Berlin Einsatz)1524207890.0
The BBC reported that several unexploded bombs from World War II are found every year.
Routine searches are ongoing since it is believed there are 3,000 unexploded bombs still buried throughout the city.