Polish navy divers have established an unprecedented performance to”neutralize” one of the biggest ships of the Second World War.
The explosive device was found last year in the base of a delivery station in Swinoujscie, on the southern shore.
The five-tonne bomb nicknamed”Tallboy” and capable of inducing a little earthquake — has been dropped from the British Royal Air Force in an assault on a Nazi warship in 1945.
It was just discovered during dredging of the access road to the port of Szczecin, in southern Poland.
“nobody has neutralized such a well-preserved Tallboy lying in the base of the water”
Approximately 750 inhabitants were evacuated from their homes on Monday through the insecure operation, which might last up to five days.
A 2.5-kilometer safety zone has been found in the region and traffic from your port was suspended during the surgery, the Mayor of Świnoujście affirmed in an announcement.
However, some residents have told AFP they’ve refused to depart, stating the”main threat” was the probability of catching COVID-19 at a sports hall where taxpayers are being given refuge.
“The first two or three days are spent preparing: our clearance sailors must scratch around the bomb that’s stuck at the channel bed at a depth of 12 meters,” Lewandowski told AFP.
“It is very fragile. The machine shouldn’t proceed, no shock is permitted. The smallest vibration risks triggering the explosion”
The bomb is just 6 meters long and contains 2.4 tonnes of explosives – equal to approximately 3.6 tonnes of TNT.
Police have ruled out a conventional way of detonation from concern for neighborhood residents and infrastructure.
The deflagration procedure entails”burning off the explosive charge in a temperature below the brink of detonation”, ” the spokesman said.
All components of the 8th Coast Defence Fleet are included in the performance, although the primary function will be completed from the Miner Diver Team of the 12th Trałowców Squadron.
Swinoujscie’s clearance sailors have been utilizing the deflagration process regularly for the last five years on lower-powered bombs located in the neighborhood of the station, the website of massive bombing during the Second World War.
Swinoujscie was considered among the most significant foundations of the German navy on the Baltic during the two world wars.
The ship’s cannons were used to hold back the progress of the Soviet Army and the Lutzow was finally captured for target practice following the war.