Deciding on the ideal time to evacuate
The construction team discovered the bomb on December 20, but the city waited until Christmas to force the evacuation for specific purposes.
City officials claimed that “One working day, the evacuation would be much more difficult because the whole life of the population of the city would be very disturbed on the professional level. However, during the holidays, there is very little traffic. While that would certainly put a damper on Christmas for the townspeople, it was the best possible solution. And as they had expected, the population had no choice but to leave the city.