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Millions of pounds of unexploded bombs found along the US coastline

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Millions of pounds of unexploded bombs lurk in the Gulf of Mexico and around the US coastline new research suggests.

Oceanographers at Texas A&M University looked at two weapons dumpsites in the Gulf of Mexico and found millions of pounds of unexploded ordinances or UXO.

“The amount that has been dumped was unbelievable,” said study author William Bryant,according to Fox News.

“No one seems to have reported seeing explosives in the Gulf. We felt it was our responsibility to report it.”

The researchers estimate that at least 31 million pounds of explosives and other weapons are likely scattered around the US coastline.

Another estimate puts the weight of unexploded weapons under the world's oceans and waterways at around 200 million pounds, said Fox News.

The study said that it was no surprise that the weapons ended up in the oceans.

Until the early 1970s, when international treaties were signed, many countries regularly dumped munitions and chemical weapons into the water.

This included chemical weapons, missiles, bombs and guns.

Reuters reported that after the Second World War, the US created a number of disposal areas along the coast.

However, it remains unclear how many weapons in the US were given a water burial and whether they pose a danger to the environment.

"These bombs are a threat today and no one knows how to deal with the situation," said Bryant, according to Reuters.

"If chemical agents are leaking from some of them, that's a real problem. If many of them are still capable of exploding, that's another big problem."

Oil companies drilling off the US coast have long been aware of the presence of unexploded bombs and other weapons of war, which could be accidentally set off by underwater drilling.

In 2011, BP and Shell found the remains of a German U-boat near the mouth of the Mississippi River, said the New York Times.

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mind blowing...

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ohmy.

Crazy they haven't been discovered until now

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Fix the title.

It's millions of pound of bombs.....not millions of bombs.

1000 1000lb bombs = 1,000,000 lbs of bombs.

Many bombs were 5k pound ones, or 10k pound ones, or even greater.

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Fix the title.

It's millions of pound of bombs.....not millions of bombs.

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^I laughed :lol:

That's some explosive news.

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This is just a mindBLOWING article.

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I wish I could carpet-bomb all the terrible puns in this thread.

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Why do people always have the need to post puns about this kind of stuff.... If I see another one I think I'm going to explode..

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I wish I could carpet-bomb all the terrible puns in this thread.

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this is what happens when you invest more then enough into weapons. Now all those unused bombs are gone to waste. USA's spending on milatery is beyond unresonable. 700 billion dollars on weapons and research and a lot of times they don't even know what happens to the money. Epic fail. USA is the true axis of the world. I'm sad Canada is a huge supporter of this nation.

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This is just a mindBLOWING article.

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So they just chucked the explosives haphazardly into the ocean when they became obsolete?

Thats troubling, yet strangely hilarious. Thats like how a 5 year old would deal with the problem.

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It's sad that countries needed to sign a treaty before they realized that dumping bombs and chemical weapons in the ocean might be a bad idea.

That part about the U-boat at the mouth of the Mississippi is pretty cool too. To think that the Germans were able to get that close.

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It'd be awesome if they could recover some, and then try and blow them up in a test facility or something. It'd be the bomb-diggity.

Just my take.

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