Mysterious bomb found on SW Alaska beach was an old Russian firebomb, specialist says

AnchorageJuly 11, 2013 

Staff Sgt. Lucas Stephens and Spc. Vincent Wallace of the 716th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 2nd Engineer Brigade, take measurements of the unexploded ordnance in attempt to identify its type an origin near Chignik, Alaska, July 1, 2013.

PHOTO BY PETTY OFFICER 3RD CLASS JONATHAN KLINGENBERG — U.S. Coast Guard

From KUCB: The mysterious bomb found last week on an Alaska Peninsula beach was an aluminum Russian firebomb that was never live or somehow was emptied of its  incendiary content, says Army Spc. Vincent Wallace, who helped recover the bomb and destroyed it with explosives.

Wallace quickly determined that the bomb was made out of aluminum -- a metal commonly used in fire or smoke bombs. But this bomb was engraved with Russian, and that's not so common.

Fire bombs are meant to be dropped from aircraft, to clear a path on the ground or destroy targets. They're usually filled with incendiary material, such as napalm. But in this case ... Wallace says the incendiary material inside might have leaked out over the last 70 years. It may have been manufactured to be empty for a reason -- perhaps to be used for training during World War II

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