Canadian diver may have found an Atomic Bomb we lost 66 years ago

❝ The water conditions were perfect — “beautiful, clear, green” — when Sean Smyrichinsky went diving last month off the north coast of British Columbia…

Using a DPV, or a diver propulsion vehicle, Smyrichinsky plunged 25 to 30 feet down into the bay…Ahead of him, a mysterious object emerged.

“And I thought, what a cool rock formation,” he said. “It’s perfectly round.”

As he approached the formation, Smyrichinsky discovered it wasn’t a rock, but something that appeared man-made.

It was perfectly round, he noted, with circles and bowls “the size of basketballs” cut into it.

❝ He rushed back to the surface to tell his friends, boat captain Richard Hamilton and fellow diver Chrissy Anderson, about the bizarre object he had spotted…

n the evenings, he consulted with fellow divers and fisherman in nearby boats to try to corroborate what he had seen. All of them dismissed him.

It wasn’t until Smyrichinsky was preparing to go home when an “old-timer” at a local village took him seriously…

❝ “…“Hey, maybe you found that old bomb they lost?”

“That old bomb,” the older fisherman explained, was from a U.S. Air Force B-36 bomber that had crashed over British Columbia in 1950.

The wreckage from the plane was discovered a few years later, in a remote location, but a Mark IV nuclear bomb that it had reportedly jettisoned ahead of time was never recovered…

❝ The Canadian Navy has since deployed a ship to explore the site of the crash and invited Smyrichinsky to join them — something that has particularly thrilled the diver, who usually lives in Courtenay, B.C., where he runs the Union Bay Diving shop…

Smyrichinsky’s discovery does match up with the location of the 1950 bomber crash, Maj. Steve Neta of the Canadian Armed Forces told CBC News.

Neta also told the news network that the lost bomb was a “dummy capsule” and is not likely a nuclear weapon.

“Nonetheless, we do want to be sure and we do want to investigate it further,” Neta told CBC News.

The Canadian naval ship should arrive later this week, and Smyrichinsky plans to join them later this month…

Is there a lost-and-found reward from Uncle Sugar?

4 thoughts on “Canadian diver may have found an Atomic Bomb we lost 66 years ago

  1. Burqueño says:

    On May 27, 1957 a Mark 17 thermonuclear bomb was unintentionally jettisoned from a B-36 just south of Albuquerque, NM’s Kirtland AFB. The device fell through the closed bomb bay doors of the bomber, which was approaching Kirtland at an altitude of 1,700 ft. The device’s conventional explosives destroyed it on impact, which killed a steer and left a crater 25 ft in diameter and 12 ft deep. Though a chain reaction was impossible because the plutonium pits were stored separately on the plane, the incident spread radioactive contamination and debris over a mile-wide area. Although the military cleaned up the site in secret, a few fragments of the bomb – some still radioactive – may be found in the area. It is one of more than 30 known “Broken Arrow” incidents involving the accidental loss or destruction of a nuclear weapon.” The Mark 17 had a yield in the range of 10 to 15 megatons TNT equivalent.
    See also and – which states: “although the Plutonium-239 pit was not inserted at the time of the accident, there was a significant quantity of Uranium used in the tamper of the primary as well as a secondary containing a uranium tamper, Lithium Deuteride salt, and some fissile material consisting of Enriched U-235, Pu-239 or a combination thereof.”
    Re: the Canadian incident in 1950, according to the crew of the B-36 involved reportedly bailed out of their aircraft after jettisoning the nuclear weapon it was carrying, which supposedly detonated in mid-air, resulting in a large conventional explosion over the Inside Passage.

  2. Puzzling Evidence™ says:

    “Mysterious find is not a long-lost nuke, but what is it?” (Radio Canada International 11/26/16) ““We are pleased that HMCS Yellowknife was able to locate the object and determine that the object was not an unexploded military munition,” said Cmdr. Michele Tessier, Commander Coastal Division, Maritime Forces Pacific. “The RCN is pleased to relieve any concerns in the local communities.”
    Elsewhere, “When America Accidentally Nuked Greenland : The Thule accident caused an environmental disaster and ended the Air Force’s airborne alert program”

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