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Rome airport temporarily closed after the discovery of the second world WAR-era bombs

Rome Ciampino airport remained closed, while the technicians with the military rendered harmless and removed devices.
(Italian Ministry of Defence)

Talk about a bomb discovery.

Rome Ciampino airport has reopened after three world War II-era bombs were found under the asphalt by the maintenance workers on Thursday morning.

About 750 passengers at Ciampino airport were evacuated, together with the airport staff, after the discovery, Italy, The Local reported. Outbound flights were delayed, while inbound flights were diverted to other airports, Aeroporti di Roma confirmed.

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Italy Ministry of Defence confirmed that the specialists with the soldiers were sent to disarm and to restore the devices, which weighed a total of 150 kg (330 euro) and contained 75 kg (165 pounds) of the explosive materials.

The airport was eventually cleared to reopen around 6 p.m. local time, according to Aeroporti di Roma, which is active in Ciampino as well as the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, also the services of Rome.

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The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the bombs, which are indeed dated back to the second world WAR, were transported to a quarry for detonation.

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“Thanks to the bomb squad [from the Italian army], the staff of @ItalianAirForce and the valuable collaboration of @AeroportidiRoma,” the Ministry announced later on Facebook. “In the area of the Roman airport is in safety and reopened to the citizens.”

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