WW2 bomb weighing 5400kg explodes in Poland

Poland: On Tuesday the biggest World War Two bomb ever found in Poland exploded under water as navy divers tried to defuse it. Over 750 people had been evacuated from the area near the Piast Canal outside the town of Swinoujscie. The Tallboy bomb used by Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) was found in this area. The Tallboy bomb weighed nearly 5,400 kg, including 2,400 kg of explosive.

According to media reports, in which second-Lieutenant Grzegorz Lewandowski, the spokesman of the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla exclaimed, “The deflagration process turned into detonation. The object can be considered as neutralized; however, it will not pose any more threat. All mine divers were outside the danger zone.”

Further spokesman for the town’s mayor added, “None of the infrastructure had been damaged despite Swinoujscie being a house to a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal”.

The 5,400kg Tallboy bomb was discovered in September 2019 during works to deepen a waterway near the port of Szczecin. It was dropped by the RAF in 1945 during an attack on a German cruiser. Navy divers from Poland had rigged a small explosion to disarm the bomb but instead it went off. There were no injuries.

Similar, kind of bomb diffusing activity was carried out in the western German city of Dortmund in January month. The World War II bombs were successfully defused hours after thousands of people were evacuated from the surrounding area. The bombs were 250-kilogram (330-pound) American and British bombs. After 75 years after the end of the war, unexploded bombs are frequently found in Germany.

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