The bomb squad of the Icelandic Coast Guard was called out yesterday to retrieve what appears to be part of a bomb, possibly from the Second World War.
According to the story – with accompanying photos – posted on the Coast Guard’s website, divers were able to quickly retrieve the tail fuzes of the bomb, bringing it to the surface of Lake Kleifarvatn. On further examination, they determined that the piece was from a Mark-43 bomb.
These weapons are typically unguided, dropped from airplanes, and can weigh as much as 450 kilogrammes. They are still in use. The rest of the bomb was not found.
During Iceland’s occupation by both British and US forces, munitions were often used in a practice capacity, with some being lost on some occasions. It is therefore not uncommon to find old bombs, mortars and grenades from the Second World War in Iceland.
However, the Icelandic Coast Guard strongly cautions anyone finding anything they might suspect to be a weapon to not touch or go near it, but rather to call the police at once, or the Coast Guard directly.