History is all around us. It lives in piles in plain sight, as well as in the deep, dark corners of the wilderness. We live on top of layers of history at all times, and, every now and then, a major discovery will come seeping out of its hiding spot.
Sometimes, it’s a well-preserved specimen peeking out of the permafrost. Other times, it’s a long-lost masterpiece hanging on the wall of a neighbor’s humble abode.
And then there are times when the history around simply will not be denied, and comes calling with deadly force.
The biggest World War Two bomb ever found in Poland exploded under water on Tuesday as navy divers tried to defuse it.
More than 750 people had been evacuated from the area near the Piast Canal outside the town of Swinoujscie where the Tallboy bomb used by Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) was found. It weighed nearly 12,000 lbs, including almost 5,300 lbs of explosive.
“The deflagration process turned into detonation. The object can be considered as neutralized, it will not pose any more threat,” Second-Lieutenant Grzegorz Lewandowski, the spokesman of the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla, was quoted as saying by state-run news agency PAP.
No divers were harmed in the detonation, and the video footage that captured the incident was downright dumbfounding.
The biggest WWII bomb ever found in Poland exploded underwater today as the Polish Navy worked to defuse it. The Tallboy bomb weighed almost 12,000 lbs, including 5,000 lbs of explosives. A spokesperson said no one was injured and divers were at a safe distance. pic.twitter.com/aXVpH1t03c
— Jarek Andrzejewski WHBF (@JDJewski) October 14, 2020
Now that’s one explosive history lesson.