Evacuation in Brindisi: Second World War bomb defused
A bomb previously buried for seventy years was found on 1 November in the Brindisi subsoil, at the Andromeda cinema. According to experts, the bomb was in a very precarious position. For this reason, it was particularly difficult to intervene. To defuse the bomb safely, 53,600 people were evacuated from the area south of the city.
All businesses were closed while residents were moved to a safe area. 200 inmates from the local prison were also transferred.
The town hall, after collecting information from disabled people or those in difficult conditions in need of greater support, dispensed necessary measures to transfer people safely. Each area considered at risk had a pre-established time limit for evacuation within a safe area. The whole process lasted about 8 hours. No one was allowed to move from where they were, and the police patrolled evacuated houses to prevent any thefts.
The bomb squad dealt with defusing the bomb, which was then transported to the Carovigno quarry. The operation was carried out by 15 soldiers of the eleventh genius regiment of sappers in Foggia. Luckily, the operation was successful.