Fishing Boat Nets WWII Bomb Off Oregon Coast
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ A big bullet-shaped object snared in a fishing net 10 miles off the Oregon coast is a World War II-era bomb, the Coast Guard said Saturday.
The 500-pound ANM-43 airdrop bomb appeared to be dented and damaged. ″It’s pretty much deemed to not be dangerous at this point,″ said Petty Officer Ted French of the Coast Guard District offices in Seattle.
″It’s an old, old piece of ordnance,″ he said.
However, the Coast Guard closed a 10-mile section of the Columbia River at its mouth for the safety of other vessels and escorted the 42-foot fishing boat War Cloud to Tongue Point in Astoria, said Lt. Larry Kennedy.
Two crew members aboard the War Cloud found the bomb in their nets late Friday. It measured about 3 1/2 feet long and 20 inches in diameter.
A Navy explosives team from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station was to take the bomb to the Yakima Firing Center in central Washington, where it would be destroyed, the Coast Guard said.