Poland: Enormous WW2 bomb detonates Submerged during Xmas operation

Largest Unexploded WWII-Era Bomb Detonates in Polish Channel - Video

Largest Unexploded WWII-Era Bomb Detonates in Polish Channel - Video

The Tallboy bomb was designed by British aeronautical engineer Barnes Wallis and was used by the Royal Air Force to destroy large Nazi-controlled objects though underground shocks.

It was discovered a year ago embedded at a depth of 12 metres (39 feet) with just its nose sticking out during dredging close to the port city of Swinoujscie in northwest Poland.

The site of the explosion is close to the city of Swinoujscie, so 750 people who lived within a radius of 2.5 kilometers from the bomb had to be evacuated during the decommissioning operation. The bomb is meters (19 feet) long and has 2.4 tonnes of explosives; which is equivalent to around 3.6 tons of TNT. According to the country's navy, no one was injured during the incident.

The country was one of the main stages of the battles of the conflict and, even today, still faces the hidden threat of bombs, mines and grenades of the time that did not explode. But, in contrast to this, some residents told AFP that they would be staying in. "Before, we just had to stay indoors".

Maritime traffic on the navigation channel and surrounding waterways will be suspended in an area of 16 kilometres around the bomb disposal operation.

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The RAF sent several Lancaster bombers from its so-called "Dambusters" squadron to drop 12 Tallboys on the Lützow in April 1945, but one failed to detonate.

The ship's cannons were used to hold back the progress of the Soviet Army and the Lutzow was finally captured for target practice after the war.

A 12,000-pound Tallboy, also known as an "earthquake" bomb, has exploded in the Szczecin-Swinoujscie shipping channel in northwestern Poland following a deflagration process.

Tallboys were created to explode underground next to a target, triggering shock waves that would cause destruction.

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