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The Navy begins defusing the largest WWII bomb ever found in Poland

Dubbed the “earthquake” bomb, the Tallboy bomb was used by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and weighs nearly 5,400 kg, including 2,400 kg of explosives, the Navy said on its Facebook account.

The bomb was found in the Piast Canal which connects the Baltic Sea with the Oder River and was dropped by the RAF in 1945 in an attack on the German cruiser Lutzow.

The site is located near the city of Swinoujscie in north-western Poland, where a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal was opened in 2016.

“There will be no deliveries while the bomb is neutralized,” a spokesperson for site operator Gaz-System said, adding that the timing of the bomb defusing had been agreed between the company, the Navy and local authorities.

A bouy marks the site of the WWII bomb in the Piast Canal, near Swinoujscie, northwestern Poland.

“We dug out the moving part of the bomb, the central part of the bomb was left, as expected, so that the debris around it held the bomb in a fixed point, so it wouldn’t move and the fuses wouldn’t fire” Michal Jodloski of 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.

“We are leaving for this week. We are afraid. The children should go to school and they should get through it every day, so there is a bit of fear,” a local resident named Radoslaw told TVN24.

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