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Unsafe dumping
The Daily Press, Newport News VA ^ | 30 Oct - 2 Nov | John M.R. Bull

Posted on 11/02/2005 11:25:51 AM PST by Cliff Dweller

A beachgoer in Rehoboth Beach walked up to a lifeguard in July with two strange objects in his hand and a stranger request on his lips.He was carrying rusty old artillery shells he found in the sand.

"Can I keep them?"

They were live. The Delaware beach was evacuated. A bomb squad blew them up.

The country's coastlines are littered with unexploded bombs, rockets and shells that regularly wash up on shore, according to military officials.

While the Army dumped chemical weapons mostly in deep water - as detailed in a Daily Press investigation published Sunday and Monday - the Navy used to throw surplus high-explosive, so-called conventional ordnance overboard, sometimes in relatively shallow water.

These "over-the-side," "routine" dumping operations were official Navy policy from 1952 to 1964, according to a previously undisclosed Navy report obtained by the Daily Press.

After that, the Navy disposed of 31 million pounds of old bombs and rockets for six years in spectacular fashion: Loading them onto ships and blowing them to smithereens off the coasts of eight states.

One of those ships was detonated off the coast of New Jersey in 1964 and produced a blast so massive it was picked up by seismic sensors on land, many miles away, and threw unexploded ordnance in all directions. A year later, a ship blown up off Virginia Beach sent a plume 600 feet into the air - higher than the Washington Monument....

(Excerpt) Read more at dailypress.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Delaware; US: Maryland; US: New Jersey; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: chemicalweapons; mustard; nerve; rockets; usn; wmd
This reporter has published a series of articles over the last four days lambasting the Army for disposing chemical and conventional ordnance in the Ocean from WWII through the early 1970's.

He has succeeded in getting a few Demo Representatives lit-up about why they weren't informed....Besides their being in the early version of "Huggies", I guess there is no excuse, though their predecessor (some 40 years) ago knew.

Since less than three folks have been injured as a result of this over the last 60-80 years..why spool people up?

While we are at it, let's sue GM and Ford for no seat belts in most of the cars of the 40's and 50's.

1 posted on 11/02/2005 11:25:51 AM PST by Cliff Dweller
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To: Cliff Dweller
"Since less than three folks have been injured as a result of this over the last 60-80 years..why spool people up?"

Because it is in their best political interest to keep the population alarmed. They need to manufacture problems for the government to "solve."

2 posted on 11/02/2005 11:32:23 AM PST by hometoroost (TSA = Thousands Standing Around)
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To: Cliff Dweller
A beachgoer in Rehoboth Beach walked up to a lifeguard in July with two strange objects in his hand and a stranger request on his lips. . . ."Can I keep them?"

Uh, yeah, sure dude... Us lifeguards own the beach and everything on it, above it, and under it. Thanks for asking, you have my permission to keep them...

3 posted on 11/02/2005 12:03:52 PM PST by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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