The largest unexploded World War II bomb ever discovered in Poland exploded during the defuse process, BBC News reports, citing a Polish Navy spokesman.
All the divers were outside the danger zone of the bomb, also known as Tallboy or “earthquake bomb”, at the bottom of the Baltic Sea shipping channel. Injured messages. About 750 residents were evacuated from the area near the port city of winoujcie.
British aircraft dropped a bomb in a raid in 1945 that sunk the German cruiser Lützow.
Initially, it was planned to resort to deflagration – the process of burning an explosive charge at a temperature below the detonation threshold. In the run-up to the operation, Polish Navy officials said the chances of success were 50-50, and they expected an explosion during the trial.
“The deflagration process turned into detonation. The facility can be considered neutralized, it will no longer pose a threat to the Szczecin-Swinoujscie shipping channel, ”said Lt. Commander Grzegorz Lewandowski, spokesman for the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla of the Polish Navy.
Tallboy was six meters long and weighed 5.4 tons, of which nearly half was explosives. The bomb was at a depth of 12 meters, only its bow protruded.