Massive World War II bomb explodes in Poland
Published: 12:35 PM, 15 October 2020 Updated: 09:19 PM, 15 October 2020
The bomb was 6 meter long and weighed 5.4 tonnes when it was dropped by Britain on a Nazi warship in 1945
An enormous bomb - nicknamed "Tallboy" and capable of causing a small earthquake - of World War II has exploded on Tuesday after being discovered in a canal in Poland.
The explosive device was 6m (19ft) long and weighed 5.4 tonnes when it was dropped by the British Royal Air Force on a Nazi warship during the final months of the war in 1945.
CNN reported that the bomb is the biggest ever found in Poland and is believed to have been used in a raid on the German ship Lützow.
On Tuesday, the Polish navy attempted to defuse it by deflagration, a method that involves heating an explosive until it burns, rather than detonating it. But the bomb exploded in the canal near the port city of Swinoujscie, sending up a huge plume of water.
However, no injuries or damages were reported.
Earlier on Monday, the navy began moving residents and sent divers to assess it. Around 750 residents were evacuated from the area.
Nazi-occupied Poland suffered repeated bombing from Allied planes throughout World War II, leaving many cities devastated. The British Royal Air Force 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.