Eleven thousand residents of the German city of Essen had to leave their homes on Wednesday evening because a bomb from the Second World War was defused.

Traffic in the area was also temporarily stopped and trains were not running.

The bomb was found on Tuesday under the Stopenberg residential area.

It was an "unusually large bomb," authorities said.

Although munitions from the Second World War are more often found in Germany, no explosive of this size had been discovered in the city for at least twenty years.

Residents within a radius of 1 kilometer around the site had to leave their homes as a precaution.

Authorities reported on Twitter on Wednesday evening that the bomb had been successfully defused, roadblocks lifted and residents allowed to return to their homes.

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