Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit sailors with Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority advisor Michael Phelan conduct a simulation phase of the jettisoned ordnance recovery in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit sailors with Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority advisor Michael Phelan conduct a simulation phase of the jettisoned ordnance recovery in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Two bombs recovered from reef, two to stay put

TWO bombs dropped on the Great Barrier reef during a botched military exercise have been recovered and disposed of, while two others will remain on the sea floor.

US warplanes were forced to drop four bombs after they ran dangerously low on fuel during a problem-plagued training exercise in central Queensland in July.

Two of the bombs did not contain explosives and the other two were without their fusing mechanisms.

The two live bombs were located by divers on Thursday and Friday and sent to the surface using lift balloons before being destroyed.

After liaising with authorities, the US navy decided to leave the inert explosives, which were filled with cement, on the reef, saying they posed no threat.

Read the full story at the Brisbane Times.


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