Marseille, France (WIBX) - Construction workers building a retirement home in France discovered something they won't soon forget...a live bomb.

It is believed that the bomb was a German plant leftover from World War II. It was wrapped and gently lifted to prevent an explosion.

About 1,500 residents of the town of Marseille were evacuated during the excavation.

For more information, and a French account of the story: http://www.laprovence.com/article/a-la-une/video-loperation-de-deminage-sest-bien-deroulee-a-marseille.