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23:25 15 October 2020
Post by: WBJ

WWII bomb explodes during attempt to defuse it

WWII bomb explodes during attempt to defuse it
Source: Jørgen Håland

The largest unexploded WWII bomb ever found in Poland detonated during the defusing process, a Polish Navy spokesman has said. The chance the bomb – at the bottom of a Baltic Sea shipping canal – would detonate had been put at 50-50 and all the divers were unharmed.

About 750 residents had been evacuated near the port city of Swinoujscie, north-west Poland. The RAF dropped the Tallboy or “earthquake” bomb in a raid in 1945 which sank the German cruiser Lützow. Swinoujscie was part of Germany and called Swinemünde at the time of the bombardment. The shock of the latest detonation was reportedly felt in parts of the city and a video shows the blast throwing up a large column of water into the air.

The bomb was 6m long and weighed 5.4 tonnes, nearly half of which was its explosives. The bomb was embedded at a depth of 12m and only its nose was sticking out.

(BBC)


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