There are many theories on why 2,000 tonnes of explosive metal from the Polish undergrounds detonated over South Florida and neighboring Okeechobee County during World War II. But official history concluded that civilian construction projects along the coast had triggered the massive blast. In other words, the silos were imploded at precisely the moment the military planners needed them to be.
But Piotr Starak, an official of the nonprofit Polish American Historical Foundation in Boca Raton, said he believes the Second World War detonation was really a test of a new technology: A device called a “earthquake bomb.” According to Starak, the Polish underground underground was experimenting with the new technology long before the German bombing over Poland in August and September of 1944.
After World War II, many Nazi bombs were systematically dismantled and others destroyed at the Warsaw Ghetto, which was destroyed in March 1943. But apart from a few select units of scientists and technicians, the Ghetto was ignored when the Soviet Union started pouring resources into technological developments — like the earthquake bomb — meant to serve its needs in the following years. “If someone gave you an atomic bomb, nobody would write a book about how that bomb was tested,” said Starak. “But if you hear that an underground bomb was tested at the Ghetto, that is something that everyone remembers.”
But experts are doubtful of Starak’s notion that the Jewish ghetto, “one of the worst organized urban environments in the world” during the Holocaust, suffered from the exotic new concept — even if he makes interesting assumptions about how the bomb may have been experimented on. “The first thing is that there was not any technology like this at that time,” said Peter Carrolus, a science writer who wrote about the history of the Jews and their ghettos for The Washington Post. The earthquake bomb became known as after World War II was over, Carrollus told the Times. He said he was shown a documentary by Nikita Khrushchev, the former Communist prime minister, who admitted in 1959 that the atomic bomb and others were not used in Poland.