Bomb donated to Kodiak museum goes out with a bang

Posted: Friday, January 15, 2010

KODIAK - A World War II relic which was displayed outside a Kodiak bar for years turned out not to be a dud at all.

Soldiers on Wednesday detonated the 1,263-pound 'Deck-Busting' aerial bomb on a remote area of the rifle range.

Radio station KMXT reports the bomb lost some of its boom after 60 years, but it did go out with a bang.

The ordnance was recently donated to the Kodiak Military History Museum by a local resident, but the museum director determined it was more than just an interesting artifact.

Soldiers from the Fort Richardson Explosive Ordnance detail inspected the bomb and determined it still had Dunnite, a highly explosive material also known as "Explosive D."

They recorded the detonation and salvaged a piece of the "Da Bomb," as it was known, for display at the museum.

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