World War II ‘Earthquake’ bomb explodes during effort to defuse it in Poland
World War II ‘Earthquake’ bomb explodes during effort to defuse it in Poland: A so-called “earthquake bomb” from the Second World War blew up 75 years behind schedule on Tuesday after a failed underwater operation to defuse it in Poland.
Video shows the 5.4-tonne (12,000-pound) bomb exploding in a towering plume of water and steam under the Piast Canal, a key channel into the Baltic Sea for Germany’s warships during the Second World War.
The bomb included approximately 2.4 tonnes (5,300 pounds) of explosive material, making it the largest of its kind ever left behind in Poland, according to the Polish navy’s 8th Coastal Defence Flotilla.
Approximately 750 people were evacuated from the nearby town of Swinoujscie ahead of the bomb disposal operation on Tuesday. Officials had given the operation a 50 per cent chance of success, so the explosion was not a surprise.
Bomb-squad divers escaped the explosion without injury and no bystanders were hurt in the blast, officials say.
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