Second World War British bomb removed from Italian Adriatic town
Italian Army bomb experts remove a bomb from the Second World War, in Fano, Italy, early Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Italian Defense Ministry/ANSA via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018 9:33AM EDT
ROME -- Italian bomb experts have moved to the sea for safe detonation a 500-pound (225-kilogram) British bomb from the Second World War, accidentally dug up in an Adriatic town.
Some 23,000 people in Fano were evacuated Tuesday night as a precaution while the bomb was transported to sea. The bomb was accidentally dug up during excavation work.
Italian army bomb experts said Wednesday that the bomb will be detonated at sea after a 144-hour wait, the maximum time required to see if the device explodes on its own if its time-delayed trigger was accidentally activated during the excavation.
The army said the Italian navy took the bomb out to an area in the Adriatic outside navigation routes.
The accidental unearthing of Allied bombs is an occasional event in Italy.