A British World War Two bomb discovered in north-west Poland has exploded while being made safe.
World War 2 bomb explodes: The process was being activated by Navy demolition experts after the bomb had been discovered underwater. In an inlet leading to the port of Szczecin while work was being undertaken to deepen the inlet. It is the largest World War Two bomb to have been found in the country.
As it was found near the popular Baltic resort of Swinoujscie, nearly a thousand people had to be evacuated while the bomb was being made safe. Swinoujscie, like Szczecin, was a very busy military port for Nazi Germany during the war. Experts from the Polish navy were trying to neutralize it using remote techniques to burn out the explosive contained inside the bomb. However it exploded in the process.
The blast was felt by local residents. But a Navy spokesman said that no-one was injured in the blast as everyone was at a safe distance from it. He said that the bomb is now safe after the work was carried out. And that it is the largest operation undertaken by them although many bombs, grenades and unexploded missiles are still found in the country to this day.
The bomb, called a Tallboy, was designed by British engineer Barnes Wallis. And would have been used by the British Air Force to destroy land-based Nazi assets using underground shocks.
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