World War II-Era 'Earthquake Bomb' Explodes in Polish Waters

Bomb Underwater

It ended up there after a British Royal Air Force attack on a Nazi warship in 1945.

Before the operation began this week, Lewandowski had called it "a very delicate job", adding that "the tiniest vibration could detonate the bomb". It weighed almost 5,400 kg, including 2,400 kg of explosive.

The country was one of the main stages of the battles of the conflict and, even today, still faces the hidden threat of bombs, mines and grenades of the time that did not explode.

Nobody was injured and a Navy spokesman ultimately said the mission was a success. But, in contrast to this, some residents told AFP that they would be staying in. Initially, the Polish Navy dismissed the idea of making a controlled activation of the bomb, fearing that a neighboring bridge, which is about 500 meters from the site, would be destroyed during the explosion.

Greater than 700 folks had been evacuated from the world for the operation, which aimed to "neutralize" the explosive remotely utilizing a way known as deflagration - which includes heating the bomb till it burns somewhat than detonating it.


Maritime traffic on the navigation channel and surrounding waterways will be suspended in an area of 16 kilometres around the bomb disposal operation.

The one in Swinoujscie was probably used in April 1945 on the Nazi German battleship Luetzow.

The ship's cannons were being used to hold back the advance of the Red Army in the dying days of the war.

The Tallboy, also referred to as an "earthquake" bomb, was discovered just over a year ago at the bottom of the Piastowski Canal; however, it wasn't until yesterday that Navy experts finally attempted to defuse it.

Tallboys were created to explode underground next to a target, triggering shock waves that would cause destruction.

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