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Messe Frankfurt Venue Takes in Evacuees After WWII Bomb Found

21 Oct 2020

Following the discovery of an aerial bomb from the Second World War, over 200 residents were evacuated from the Gallus and Europaviertel area and received and cared for in the Portalhaus and Hall 11 on Friday evening. The bomb was only defused shortly after midnight.

Found during construction work in the mainly residential area of Gallus, the aerial bomb should have been defused on Friday evening. As the evacuation of the surrounding houses in a radius of 300 metres was delayed, the bomb disposal service could not give the all-clear until around 0.30 am.

Numerous people in the evacuation area were in quarantine due to a corona infection and had to be transported away separately, according to the Frankfurt fire brigade. There were also a large number of people with reduced mobility who needed help to leave their homes.


As Hall 11 has been regularly used by the University of Applied Science (UAS) as an examination venue since July, tables and chairs were already placed there at the required minimum distance, so the hall was quickly ready for use.

Each person's fever was measured at the three registration points, and it was compulsory to wear masks when moving around the hall. Six colleagues from Messe Frankfurt were on duty during the night and ten persons from the security. Hall 11 and the Portalhaus were cleaned and disinfected during the night by the fire brigade and emergency services, as the next UAS tests were due to take place on Monday morning.

This is not the first time in recent months that an uncovered World War 2 bomb has affected Messe Frankfurt. In June of this year, a 500lb bomb was found during the construction of Hall 5. The site was evacuated and a controlled detonation took place. 

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