On Tuesday , in a shipping canal a 12,000-pound of World War II-era earthquake bomb get blow up in the Polish port city of Swinoujscie . Navy divers were working to neutralize the plume of water high into the air remotely.
The good news is that nobody was hurt in the operation, which the Polish military forces said they considered a success because the munition, a British “Tallboy” bomb, had eventually been demolished.
The Polish Ministry of Defense announced before the operation day that the bomb was the largest yet discovered in our country and that divers of the 8th Coast Defense Flotilla would attempt to neutralize it through a process in which special volatile charges are used to cuff the holes in a bomb’s thick steel case and light the volatile material inside on the fire.
The procedure included the 5,200 pounds of energetic material inside the bomb to safely burn itself in underwater, allowing divers to raise the unpack casing out of the water or to drag it further out to the sea , if the procedure is successful.
According to experts with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Poland has been clearing out the explosive residue of war from its territory since the end of World War II.
The experts wrote that , More than the 96 million pieces of volatile ordnance had removed at an estimated cost of $866 million , and from 1944 to 1989, unexploded edict claimed the lives of more than 4,000 people in Poland, from 1944 to 2003.