March 14 (UPI) -- A new discovery in central Italy of an unexploded bomb from World War II led authorities to evacuate 23,000 people, officials said.
The bomb was found Tuesday as construction crews were working in Fano, in the Marche region about 125 miles east of Florence.
Fano Mayor Massimo Seri ordered the evacuation of all residents within a 1.1-mile radius -- while the Italian navy moved the bomb, which packed about 500 pounds of TNT. A portion of the Fano hospital also was evacuated.
By early Wednesday, the bomb had been taken out to sea, where it'll stay for at least six days. If it doesn't explode, it will be detonated.
Seri in a Facebook post praised the operation and noted "a special and highly risky joint operation of the army and navy."
Two were found in Germany last year.