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Largest World War II bomb explodes after navy divers attempt to defuse it

Sunday, 31/03/2024, 12:05 (GMT+7)

The largest World War Two bomb was captured exploding in footage after the attempt to defuse it by navy divers.

In recently thrilling footage, the largest World War II bomb ever discovered in Poland has exploded during an attempt by navy divers to defuse it. 

The astonishing detonation of the enormous ordnance underwater has left experts and the public concerned about the potential dangers of unexploded munitions from the war.

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The largest WWII bomb found in Poland explodes as divers try to defuse it, raising concerns about unexploded munitions. Image Credit: Youtube/Reuters

Despite the diligent efforts of naval bomb disposal experts to disarm the massive explosive, they were faced with a dangerous predicament as the bomb exploded unexpectedly, putting them in a dangerous situation.

The bomb was an outcome of the conflict between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union

The bomb, known as a 'Tallboy' bomb, weighed approximately 5.4 tons. 

It had been resting underwater in a waterway near the post of Szczecin in northwest Poland since September 2019. 

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The 'Tallboy' bomb, weighing around 5.4 tons, had been submerged near Szczecin, Poland, since September 2019. Image Credit: Getty

Even though almost eight decades have passed since the end of the war, Eastern Europe still bears the remnants of unexploded ordnance, serving as haunting reminders of the fierce conflict between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. 

Authorities embrace a dangerous mission of neutralizing the bomb. 

On Tuesday, October 14, 2020, navy demolition experts embarked on a mission to neutralize the bomb. 

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8 decades later, Eastern Europe remains marked by unexploded ordnance from WWII's fierce conflict. Image Credit: Getty

The enormous explosive contained roughly 2,400 kilograms of explosives, which posed a significant threat. 

However, during the defusing process, an unexpected detonation occurred, resulting in a massive explosion. 

Thankfully, Lieutenant Commander Grzegorz Lewandowski, a Navy spokesperson, confirmed that no one was injured in the incident.

Divers had maintained a safe distance from the bomb as they attempted to defuse it remotely through deflagration, a process that burns the explosive charge without causing a detonation.

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The bomb held 2,400 kilograms of explosives, posing a threat until an unexpected detonation caused a massive explosion. Image Credit: Youtube/Reuters

To safeguard the well-being of residents in the vicinity, authorities evacuated over 750 residents from the area surrounding the Piast Canal, situated outside the town of Swinoujscie. 

The precautionary measure aimed to protect people from potential harm and ensure their safety during the operation.

Authorities implemented a 2.4-kilometer exclusion zone around the bomb to prevent any potential harm.

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Over 750 residents were evacuated from the Piast Canal area near Swinoujscie to ensure their safety. Image Credit: Youtube/Reuters

No one is hurt during the 'world first' mission

Lt. Cmdr. Lewandowski stated that the deflagration process unexpectedly transformed into a detonation. However, he reassured that the bomb was now considered neutralized and no longer posed a threat to the Szczecin-Swinoujscie shipping channel. 

All divers were fortunately situated outside the danger zone during the explosion.

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Lt. Cmdr. Lewandowski confirmed the bomb was neutralized, posing no threat. Image Credit: Youtube/Reuters

The blast was powerful enough to be felt by residents in Swinoujscie, which had been part of Germany when the Royal Air Force dropped the bomb in 1945 during a raid that sank the Lützow warship. 

Before the detonation mission, Lt. Cmdr. Lewandowski emphasized the exceptional nature of the mission, labeling it a 'world first.' 

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No one is hurt during the mission of neutralizing the bomb. Image Credit: Getty

He highlighted the unique preservation of the Tallboy bomb and its underwater location, making it an unprecedented challenge to defuse.