Polish divers work to defuse WWII ‘earthquake’ bomb

Polish Navy divers on Monday began a five-day operation to defuse a massive unexploded World War II “earthquake” bomb at the bottom of a channel near the Baltic Sea.

The delicate operation involving the device — nicknamed “Tallboy” — forced more than 750 people to evacuate their homes, officials said.

The 19-foot-long bomb — which Britain’s Royal Air Force used in an attack on Nazi warship Lutzow in 1945 — weighs nearly 12,000 pounds, including more than 5,000 pounds of explosives.

“It’s a world first. Nobody has ever defused a Tallboy that is so well preserved and underwater,” Grzegorz Lewandowski, a spokesman for the Polish Navy’s 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla based in Swinoujscie, told the AFP.

Roughly 750 local residents had to be evacuated from a more than a mile wide area around the bomb.

“We are leaving for this week. We are afraid. 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 the local news outlet, TVN24.


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