North Poland’s city evacuated for WWII-era shells extraction

The action of extracting WWII-era artillery shells recently found at the garrison in the town of Morąg, northern Poland proceeds on Saturday, as around 6,000 inhabitants were evacuated.

[UPDATE 13:32] The sappers successfully extracted shells and moved them into the safe place. The evacuated citizens are returning home.

According to the deputy mayor of Morąg, there were fewer projectiles than it was previously assumed - the number did not exceed 20.

Uniformed services have designated a danger zone of a 1.5 km radius around the finding.

For the time of the extraction process, the town’s officials ordered the evacuation of around 6,000 inhabitants, including the personnel and patients of a local hospital, who constitute almost half of Morąg’s population.

The citizens were obliged to leave the area by 9 AM. They have been granted temporary places of residence, as well as means of transport. The police and uniform services safeguard the place of evacuation.

Sapper teams are to begin the action that will last approximately from 10 AM to 1 PM. The citizens will be able to return to their premises after the crisis management team issue a permit to do so.

Until the end of the action, the traffic and rail transport operations will be halted in the danger zone.

On Thursday, around 20 artillery shells of 100 kg each (~220 lbs) were found during construction works in the military unit of the 20th Bartoszyce Mechanized Brigade. It is probably a remnant of an ammunition depot from WWII. The projectiles are to be detonated at the nearby testing ground.