WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- On Tuesday, the largest World War II bomb ever to be found in Poland exploded while navy divers were trying to diffuse it.
- The Tallboy bomb, weighing 5,400 kg, was dropped by Great Britain’s Royal Air Force in 1945, aimed at attacking German cruiser Lutzow.
- Experts are still puzzled as to why the bomb did not explode when it was detonated back then.
According to Reuters, the biggest World War II bomb ever to be discovered in Poland was documented on video exploding as navy divers tried to diffuse it.
The explosion happened underwater on Tuesday beside the Piast Canal located outside the Swinoujscie town in Poland, the news outlet reported.
Dropped by Great Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1945 during an attack on the German cruiser Lutzow, Reuters said that the navy divers were able to locate the Tallboy bomb, which weighs over 5,400 kg (around 11,904 lbs.).
As the divers were attempting to diffuse it, things went beyond control as the bomb exploded while still underwater, resulting in a massive blast. As showed in the video, the explosion sent water into the air and reached the encompassing shoreline.
According to EuroNews, the robustness of the bomb explosion could have resulted in a small earthquake.
Reuters reported that over 750 people were evacuated from the area following the explosion.
“The deflagration process turned into detonation,” said Second-Lieutenant Grzegorz Lewandowski, the spokesman of the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla, as reported by the outlet referring to the Polish Press Agency (PAP).
“The object can be considered as neutralized, it will not pose any more threat,” Lewandowski continued, adding that fortunately, “all mine divers were outside the danger zone,” as Reuters reported.
As of this publication, EuroNews reported that experts were still figuring out why the bomb did not explode after being detonated in 1945.