A Fishing Trawler Just Pulled Up a 1,000-Pound Undetonated Bomb from WWII

by Owen James Burke

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Photo: Dave Richardson/SWNS/Daily Mail

This three-foot-long, 1,000-pound undetonated bomb, believed to have been jettisoned by Great Britain’s Royal Air Force during World War II was recently pulled up by a fishing trawler off the northeast coast of the U.K. The crew of the trawler was shocked, but according to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), there are thousands of them littering the seafloor left over from both World Wars I and II.

The bomb was brought ashore first for inspection before being taken a quarter of a mile out to sea where it was “safely” detonated in a controlled explosion. I suppose for humanity’s sake it was the responsible thing for the RNLI to do, but you can’t help but wonder the effect it had on resident sea life.

Read more at the Daily Mail, and read Chris Dixon’s story of the 100 pound Civil War-era shell sitting on his lawn — OJB

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