WWII bomb spoils Christmas cheer in Belgian city

Ghent, Belgium. Photo / Thinkstock
Ghent, Belgium. Photo / Thinkstock

The discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb in the Belgian city of Ghent spoiled Christmas Eve celebrations as dozens were evacuated, police said.

Everyone within a 300-metre radius of the bomb, which was found during terracing work in a residential garden, was required to leave the area.

More than 100 people awaited the all-clear from army bomb disposal experts so they could resume festivities, police said.

The British World War II bomb weighing 108 kilograms was found near Ghent's suburban Merelbeke train station, Belgian television reported.

In 1943 and 1944, the area was a frequent target of Allied air raids.

The raids claimed 428 lives and flattened some 600 homes in 1944, the TV report said.

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