The largest World War II bomb ever found in Poland exploded underwater when experts tried to gently defuse it.
Earthquake 5.4-ton Talboy bomb detonated by Polish navy demolition experts Tuesday near the country’s port in Szczecin, where it opened last year, the Evening Standard reported.
More than 700 people were evacuated from the area for an operation aimed at “neutralizing” explosives remotely using a technique called deflagration – which involves heating the bomb while it burns instead of detonating it.
But the bomb exploded anyway, with dramatic videos showing water launching into the air in a ship’s canal on the Baltic Sea.
No casualties and a spokesman for the Polish Navy eventually said the mission was a success.
“The operation was carried out perfectly and safely and the bomb is safe now,”
The 19-foot bomb – also known as an earthquake – was spotted coming out of the waterway in September 2019 while a construction crew worked to deepen the passage.
Designed by British aeronautical engineer Barnes Wallis, the explosive was designed to wipe large pieces of Nazi-controlled property through underground explosions.
Probably should have been used in April 1945 to destroy the German battleship Luetzow, but experts do not know why he failed to leave.
The port of Szczecin is close to the resort of Swinoujscie, a popular center for the Nazis during the war.
With Post wires