- The Santa Cruz Sheriff’s bomb team discovered the bomb on New Year’s Eve
- The device washed ashore at Pajaro Dunes after the massive high shore
- It was deemed safe and examined by the Travis Air Force Base
The age and origin of a bomb found washed ashore in Pajaro Dunes, California, has shocked beachgoers.
The explosive was discovered after high surf hit the Monterey Bay coastline, located 22 miles south of Santa Cruz, which caused flooding in low-lying areas.
On December 31, the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s bomb team responded to reports of an object on the beach around 2pm.
Technicians from the Travis Air Force Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal team determined the device was a Mk15 Mod 2 practice bomb via X-ray scan.
Officials examined the device after the bomb team confirmed it was safe before revealing its age and use of the object.
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a Facebook post it was a wayward weapon.
‘The recent storms washed up what was determined to be an inert military ordnance,’ they wrote.
‘As a precaution our bomb team responded, deemed it safe, and had it removed from the beach.
‘Thank you to Travis Air Force Base personnel for responding and collecting it.’
The bomb was created for the US Navy during the World War II-era and was built in the 1960s.
According to the US Naval Academy, ‘the bomb was designed for training, incorporating working mechanics but lacking explosive materials.’
‘Every few years, we will see military ordnances wash up,’ said Ashley Keehn, public information officer for the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office via Los Angeles Times.
‘We occasionally see sea flares uncovered. This washing up on shore goes to show the intensity of the high surf we saw this past week,’ she added.
The bomb will be stored at the Travis Air Force Base.
Facebook users have tagged others to see the post and the photos that were made by the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office.
‘Ordnance, I get pick with this one. Ordnance is ammunition and the like, and the like, an ordinance is like a law,’ wrote Andrew Quist when explaining a term in the Facebook post.
Other users enjoyed what ‘the ocean spits up’ and that they assume the bomb is from World War II.
‘There were submarine torpedos fired near the coast,’ commented Sarah Culley.
Daily Mail has contacted the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department for comment.