WARSAW – The largest World War Two bomb found in Poland exploded underwater on Tuesday as naval divers tried to defuse it.
More than 750 people were evacuated from the area near the Piest Canal outside the city of Swinjowski, where a Talboy bomb used by Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) was found. It weighed about 12,000 pounds, including about 5,300 pounds of explosives.
“The deflation process was changed to an explosion. The object could be considered neutral, there would be no danger,” said Second-Lieutenant Grazagorj Lewandowski, spokesman for the 8th Coastal Defense Defense Phototilla. PAP.
“All mine divers were out of danger zone.”
Swinoujscie has a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, but a spokesman for the city’s mayor told PAP that no one was injured and no infrastructure was damaged.
Piesta Canal connects the Baltic Sea to the Oder River on the border of Poland with Germany. The bomb was dropped by the RAF in 1945 in an attack on the German cruiser Lutzow.