Bomb donated to Kodiak museum was a dud, after all

Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2010

KODIAK - It now turns out that a World War II relic detonated earlier this month in Kodiak was a dud, after all.

The 1,263-pound "Deck-Busting" aerial bomb was donated to the Kodiak Military History Museum, whose director determined it might still contain explosives.

An ordnance detail from Fort Richardson in Anchorage traveled to Kodiak and examined the device. They determined the bomb still contained Dunnite, a highly explosive material also known as "Explosive D."

However, Army officials now say it was drywall and not Dunnite inside the relic.

Spokesman Chuck Canterbury told the Kodiak Daily Mirror that the drywall had been soaked in some type of petroleum product. That had turned it yellow in color, and made it suspicious.

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