Remember Big WWII Bomb? They Blew It Up

The Polish Navy had a problem. Last year, a dredging operation uncovered an unexploded, 12,000-lb bomb in the Piast Canal. The weapon was unexploded ordnance from WWII when the Royal Air Force dropped the biggest bomb made during the ward on a German cruiser that was in the port.

The bomb lay at the bottom of the canal, near a town that included a liquified natural gas terminal.

On Monday the Polish Navy began excavating the bomb, using mine divers to get a better understanding of how the bomb was positioned and what they might do to resolve the situation. On Tuesday, they figured it out.  They blew it up.

The navy divers tried to defuse it, but the task proved too dangerous.

Second-Lieutenant Grzegorz Lewandowski of the Polish Navy said:

“The deflagration process turned into detonation. The object can be considered as neutralized, it will not pose any more threat. All mine divers were outside the danger zone.”

The mayor of the nearby town said that no infrastructure in the town or the gas facility, nor any people were hurt.

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