In Poland this week, a team of underwater explosion experts were given the sort of task that ordinary folks would have nightmares about.
The job: Defuse the largest World War II ordinance ever found in the country, seven decades after it was lost to time, and while it remained underwater.
The biggest World War Two bomb ever found in Poland exploded under water on Tuesday as navy divers tried to defuse it.
More than 750 people had been evacuated from the area near the Piast Canal outside the town of Swinoujscie where the Tallboy bomb used by Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) was found. It weighed nearly 12,000 lbs, including almost 5,300 lbs of explosive.
“The deflagration process turned into detonation. The object can be considered as neutralized, it will not pose any more threat,” Second-Lieutenant Grzegorz Lewandowski, the spokesman of the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla, was quoted as saying by state-run news agency PAP.
Complicating the matter was the fact that the city in which the bomb was found is home to one of nation’s premier terminals for liquified natural gas. Fortunately for everyone, no one was injured in the blast and no infrastructure was damaged.
The explosion itself was captured on video that was soon making the rounds on social media.
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The device was said to have been a dud from a bombing run that occurred late in the war, likely during the year 1945.