Fire in Ireland Reveals Giant WWII Warning

Wildfire uncovers sign designed to alert aerial bombers they were over neutral territory
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2018 11:22 AM CDT
The old warning sign, from above.   (An Garda Siochana)

(Newser) – The US isn't the only nation battling wildfires, and one blaze in Ireland has revealed a relic of sorts from World War II. The wildfire on the eastern coast burned away vegetation that has long hidden a giant warning embedded into the earth using whitewashed stones, reports the Irish Times. It reads (or once did) "Eire 8," and the purpose was to alert bombers from both sides of the war that they were over the neutral territory of Ireland, explains the Independent of Ireland. ("Eire" means Ireland in the Irish language.) A police air unit providing support to firefighters spotted the signpost and tweeted images. Dozens of such warnings dot the coast of Ireland, though most can't be seen.

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