World War II-Era ‘Earthquake Bomb’ Explodes in Polish Waters

October 13,2020. Swinoujscie, Poland. Divers of the Polish Navy in a shipping canal off the Polish port city of Swinoujscie tried to remotely neutralize a bomb dropped by the British, but the bomb had no intention of going quietly. It exploded!

More than 750 people were evacuated from the area near the Piast Canal near the port town of Swinoujscie, where she lay.

The Tallboy bomb used by the Royal British Air Force weighed almost 5,400 kilograms and contained 2,400 kilograms of explosives.

“The object can be considered neutralized, it is no longer a threat,” said Grzegorz Lewandowski, a spokesman for the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla.

He added that the divers were out of danger at the time of the explosion. There was a leak of liquefied natural gas in the city, but, according to the spokesman, no one was injured and the infrastructure was not damaged.

According to the agency, the Piast Canal connects the Baltic Sea with the Oder River on the border between Poland and Germany. The bomb was dropped by the Royal British Air Force in 1945 during an attack on the German cruiser ‘Lutzow’.

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