More than 10,000 residents of central Turin were evacuated Sunday while demolition experts defused a British bomb from World War II, local authorities said.
Residents of the Italian city were told to vacate a “red zone”, araounf Nizza Street in the historic district.
While another 50,000 in an outer perimeter were advised to either go or remain in their homes from 7:00 am (0600 GMT) until 4:00 pm.
Airspace above Turin was closed during the operation as was the Porta Nuova train station which is located along Nizza Street.
Soldiers were deployed to patrol the two areas in order to avoid theft and looting, local media reported.
The British bomb, dropped on the city 70 years ago, contained 65kg (140lbs) of dynamite, authorities said.
Local media said on Sunday afternoon that the operation to decommission the bomb had been completed faster than expected, and residents within the two zones had been allowed to go home.