The Second World War bomb found near the Melle (East Flanders) railway on Tuesday was disarmed last evening, Infrabel and the Melle commune administration have revealed. In total, 2,900 people were evacuated. Railway traffic was disrupted during the complex disarming operation, but was able to return to normal shortly afterwards. However, some delays are to be expected. The bomb, dropped from an English plane, was found on a site belonging to the SNCB on Tuesday afternoon. An 800 metre security perimeter was set up and 2,900 people were evacuated.
The operation by the Explosive Device Removal Service (EDRS) finished around 9.30pm. The residents who had been evacuated were then able to return home.