WW2 Ordnance Successfully Removed from Poljana in Mali Losinj

Lauren Simmonds

December the 16th, 2020 – The area of Poljana in Mali Losinj is even safer following yesterday’s removal of old WW2 ordnance that had been lying undisturbed ever since the 1940s.

As Morski writes, yesterday in the area of Poljana in Mali Losinj, a complex action of the removal and subsequent destruction of two explosive devices left over from the second world war was carried out. The ordinance included an MC-500 LB aircraft bomb, made in England, and a RKT 152 MM, 60 Lb polyvalent rocket.

The action was attended by police officers of the Anti-Explosion Department of the Police Administration of Primorje-Gorski Kotar, in cooperation with police officers of the Anti-Explosion Service of the Police Directorate and the Mali Losinj Police Station, along with the Cres branch and with members of the Croatian Army. The removal was done successfully with the logistical and organisational support of the Town of Mali Losinj and the participation of employees of both HMP and JVP Mali Losinj.

The aforementioned bomb, weighing about 300 kilograms in total, was safely deactivated and removed from its place of discovery before being transported by a helicopter belonging to the Croatian Air Force to the Mali Losinj heliport. From there, it will be transported to the military range where it will be destroyed according to professional rules. The polyvalent rocket, weighing about 30 kilograms, was destroyed by police officers at the scene according to the rules of the profession.

During the action near Poljana in Mali Losinj, which took place from 10:30 to 11:30, some of the population living near the area were evacuated from their homes, and other residents were instructed not to leave residential and other buildings, ie not to stay out in the open until the end of the action.

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