A commercial American diver, who went underwater to study sea cucumbers, looks to have discovered an unexploded nuclear weapon off the coast of Canada, close to the border it shares with Alaska.
It is believed that the nuke is from a B-36 bomber that crashed in the area in 1950.
Sean Smyrichinsky, the diver who stumbled on the wreckage, who was told by a friend who lives the local area about the crash. The man joked that he may have stumbled across the wreckage, which has been a mystery for the past 60 years.
Smyrichinsky then did his own research online after the tip off, even though his friend was speaking in jest. But the photos of the bomb match what he saw during his underwater dive, and he has identified it as a Mark IV.
After seeing the photos of the Mark IV online, he stated to a Canadian journalist:
“It was a piece that looked very much like what I saw. The plane that was carrying the bomb, it crashed 50 miles south of where I found that object.”
The unexploded bomb, which experts do not believe contains any hazardous materials, was found close to Pitt Island near Haida Gwaii, near the border of Alaska and British Columbia.
Canadian coastal defense forces will now be investigating Smyrichinsky’s find to determine whether or not he has actually pinpointed the location of the crash site and ensure that the bomb poses no threat.
Smyrichinsky says he told his crew immediately when he found the unexploded bomb. He told a Canadian broadcaster of the moment he came up to surface:
“I came out from the dive and I came up and I started telling my crew, ‘My god, I found a UFO. I found the strangest thing I’d ever seen’.”
The bomb may very well be what historians have dubbed the “lost nuke.” This mysterious weapon was “ditched” when the B-36B plane was on a flight from Alaska to Texas. Fearing the loss of life or other impacts if the nuke was accidentally detonated during the crash, the crew ejected it into the water.
It is thought that the crash was a result of an engine failure and it is possible that the engine caught fire.
The 17 crew members parachuted out of the plane, though five men lost their lives during the emergency.
After the crash, the US government combed the area for the nuke, afraid the Russians would get ahold of it and use it. However, it was never found–until possibly just a month ago.