Young Swimmers Find Small Piece of History in Lake

Girls in Michigan discover a World War I-era practice bomb
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 31, 2018 12:53 PM CDT
Girls Playing in Lake Discover WWI Practice Bomb
A heavily worn World War I practice bomb rests on the ground the day after it was discovered in Lobdell Lake, in Linden, Mich.   (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

Two girls have found what authorities say is a World War I-era practice bomb while swimming in a lake in Michigan, reports the AP. The Flint Journal reports that 10-year-old Paige Burnett and 9-year-old Sage Menzies were searching for items below the surface of Lobdell Lake Tuesday when Paige felt something unusual. The girls and Sage's mother dragged the 3-foot-long mystery find from the murky water.

Paige says they were excited at first but then got worried. She says she was "so scared" it might explode. The lake is in Genesee County's Argentine Township, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit. Township police Sgt. Douglas Fulton says the Michigan State Police's bomb squad came out and drilled a hole in it, but "nothing but mud came out." (This World War 1 submarine that vanished more than a century ago was recently found.)

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