World War Two Bomb Explodes Underwater As Navy Attempts To Defuse It
The 5.4-ton Tallboy bomb was found in September 2019 beneath a waterway leading to the port of Szczecin, in the northwest of the country.
Navy demolition experts attempted to neutralise it yesterday (Tuesday 14 October).
But as the footage shows, the bomb containing 2,400kg worth of explosive went off, causing a huge blast.
Fortunately, Navy spokesman Lieutenant Commander Grzegorz Lewandowski confirmed nobody was hurt.
Divers were a safe distance away as they attempted to defuse the bomb through remote deflagration, whereby the explosive charge is burnt without causing a detonation (if successful, that is).
More than 750 residents had also been evacuated from the area near the Piast Canal, outside the town of Swinoujscie, with authorities imposing a 2.4 kilometre exclusion zone around the bomb.
Lt. Cmdr. Lewandowski said: "The deflagration process turned into detonation.
"The object can be considered neutralised, it will not pose any more threat to the Szczecin-Swinoujscie shipping channel.
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"All divers were outside the danger zone."
Od dziś do 16 października żołnierze #WojskoPolskie :flag_pl: prowadzić będą neutralizację największej bomby lotniczej #Tallboy znalezionej na dnie Kanału Piastowskiego. W operację zaangażowane będą wszystkie jednostki 8. Flotylli Obrony Wybrzeża. pic.twitter.com/3iIluTPJwh
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The blast could be felt though by residents in Swinoujscie, which was part of Germany when the RAF dropped the bomb in 1945.
This occurred during a raid which sank the Lützow warship.
Speaking at a press conference prior to the detonation mission, Lt. Cmdr. Lewandowski said the dangerous mission was a 'world first'.
He said: "Only its nose is sticking out. It's a world first.
"Nobody has ever defused a Tallboy that is so well preserved and underwater.
"The bomb is dangerous because it contains a lot of explosives.
"The chemical processes that have been taking place in the bomb over time means that any impact, any vibration, any change of pressure caused by moving it could cause it to explode."
Well, he wasn't wrong there, eh?
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