The largest-ever World War II bomb found in Poland recently detonated as Navy divers attempted to diffuse it. The bomb, referred to as a “Tallboy or “Bomb, Medium Capacity,” weighed 12,000 pounds; half of which was explosives. Luckily, all of the divers were out of harm’s way when the gargantuan explosive went off.
Reuters described the Whoops-a-booms-y in a recent report, which comes via Digg. According to Reuters, the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) dropped the bomb in 1945 near the port of Szczecin, in an attack on a German cruiser. It lied there, dormant, until September 2019, when workers deepening the waterway near the port discovered it. (Unfortunately, no signs of either the One Ring to rule them all, nor Godzilla, were reported along with the discovery.)
“All mine divers were outside the danger zone” when the Tallboy blew, Second-Lieutenant Grzegorz Lewandowski, the spokesman of the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla, told the state-run news agency, PAP. He added that the deflagration process—or the process of slow-burning the bomb—turned into a detonation.
In the Guardian News video up top, we see the gigantic bomb’s blast send water high into the air; perhaps even hundreds of feet, although that’s speculation. The enormous blast also leaves behind a swirling, milky gray residue in the water. One that may be toxic, although that’s unclear as well.
The biggest World War Two bomb ever found in Poland exploded under water as navy divers tried to defuse it. It weighed nearly 5,400 kg, including 2,400 kg of explosive https://t.co/gM3tPn1oT2 pic.twitter.com/wGAzbaPzgv— Reuters (@Reuters) October 14, 2020
“The object can be considered as neutralised, [and] will not pose any more threat,” Lieutenant Lewandowski said. Which means that the 750 nearby people evacuated for the deflagration-turned-detonation can now return to the area. Although it’s fair if locals remain a little jittery while hanging out near the water. It does seem that what people can build is a whole scarier than what pops up in most horror and sci-fi films, after all.
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