WWII Bomb Discovered in Poland; Nearby Area Evacuated

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.19 - 2024 12:06 PM CET

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In Szczecin, Poland, authorities have issued a warning for residents to stay indoors.

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Residents near the outskirts of Szczecin, Poland, are on high alert as a WWII-era bomb is set to be neutralized by sappers.

The operation is scheduled to take place between 9 AM and 1 PM on Friday, during which time access to the affected area will be restricted for safety reasons. This was reported by the Polish news agency, RMF24.

Details of the Operation

The bomb, weighing approximately 100 kilograms, was discovered in Beech Landscape Park, a forested area on the city's outskirts.

Local authorities have issued warnings to residents, emphasizing the importance of staying clear of the designated danger zone during the operation. One residential building in proximity to the bomb site has been evacuated as a precautionary measure.

The neutralization process will also affect local infrastructure. A road that runs through the forest where the bomb was found will be temporarily blocked, leading to rerouted traffic and changes in bus routes servicing the area. These disruptions are expected to last for the duration of the bomb defusal operation.

Context and Precedence

This is not the first such incident in Poland this year. In February, a similar situation led to the evacuation of 200 people in Skawina, near Krakow, following the discovery of an old bomb.

Another WWII-era bomb was recently detonated safely on a beach near Dunkirk, France.

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