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Navy begins defusing biggest World War II bomb ever found in Poland

October 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Navy divers from the 12th Minesweeper Squadron of the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla take part in a five-day operation to defuse the largest unexploded World War Two Tallboy bomb ever found in Poland in Swinoujscie, Poland, October 12, 2020. Agencja Gazeta/Cezary Aszkielowicz via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. POLAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN POLAND.

Navy divers on Monday began a five-day operation to defuse the largest unexploded World War II bomb ever found in Poland, forcing more than 750 people to evacuate their homes.

Navy divers on Monday began a five-day operation to defuse the largest unexploded World War II bomb ever found in Poland, forcing more than 750 people to evacuate their homes.

Dubbed the "earthquake" bomb, the Tallboy bomb was used by Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) and weighs nearly 5,400 kg, including 2,400 kg of explosive, the Navy said on its Facebook account.

"There will be no deliveries while the bomb is being neutralized," a spokeswoman at site operator Gaz-System said, adding the timing of the defusing of the bomb had been agreed between the firm, the Navy and local authorities.

"We dug up the moving part of the bomb, the middle part the bomb was left, as planned, so that the debris around it would keep the bomb in a fixed place, so that it would not move and the fuses would not be triggered," Michal Jodloski from the 12th Minesweeper Squadron of the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla told private broadcaster TVN 24.

On Monday, 751 people had to be evacuated from the area, local media reported.

The children should go to school and they would have to go past it every day, so there is a bit of fear," a local resident named Radoslaw told TVN24.

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