Eurostar train delays, evacuations as WWII bomb made safe in Paris

Eurostar cancelled or delayed several trains heading to London, as specialists removed a WWII-era bomb that was found in Paris, on Feb 17, 2019.
Eurostar cancelled or delayed several trains heading to London, as specialists removed a WWII-era bomb that was found in Paris, on Feb 17, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - Several Eurostar trains heading for London were cancelled or delayed Sunday (Feb 17) in Paris, and 1,800 people temporarily evacuated from their homes, as bomb disposal experts made safe a World War II bomb, police said.

The bomb was discovered on February 4 on a construction site close to the Paris ring road, near the Porte de la Chapelle, in the north of the capital.

Specialists moved the bomb from its original site Sunday morning and destroyed it in a controlled explosion nearby.

Trains in and out of the Gare du Nord, the Paris station where the Eurostar trains arrive from Britain, were severely restricted, and part of the A1 motorway and the ring road were closed.