In pictures: German city Koblenz cleared over WWII bomb

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The bomb is lifted out of the river bed - 4 December 2011Image source, Reuters
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German bomb disposal experts in the city of Koblenz have successfully defused two bombs from World War II found in the riverbed of the Rhine.
The empty Pfaffendorfer Bridge across the Rhine in Koblenz, Germany, on 4 December 2011Image source, Reuters
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More than 45,000 people - half the population of Koblenz - were evacuated for the biggest bomb disposal operation in Germany since 1945.
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The bigger of the two bombs was a 1.8 tonne "blockbuster" that was only discovered when water levels dropped because of drought.
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A barrage of sandbags was built and water was pumped away to allow bomb squad experts to work on the RAF blockbuster.
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Streets were closed and the main train station was shut while bomb disposal experts worked to defuse the blockbuster - which was designed to cause maximum damage - and a nearby second, smaller US bomb.
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Everyone within a 1.2 mile (2km) radius of the bomb - which included seven nursing homes, two hospitals and a prison - were moved away for the day.
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Shelters with 12,000 beds were set up in schools for those people with no other place to go.
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The controlled demolition of a smoke grenade canister found at the same site sent a spray of water into the air.