In response, authorities are evacuating the town, starting Christmas morning, the BBC reports. This will give experts a chance to defuse it with little risk. The evacuation will be the biggest since the war ended, comprising 32,000 households and 54,000 residents.
Logistically, a holiday is a great time to evacuate a town and defuse a bomb—there’s little traffic, work doesn’t get interrupted, and families are already primed to keep track of each other.
Emotionally, it’s probably a bit less ideal. The residents of Augsburg will be spending Christmas in schools, sports halls, and an exhibition center—here’s hoping they have a good one.
Update, 12/25: An earlier version of this story stated that the bomb was 3.8 tons—the correct weight is 1.8 tons. We regret the error.