Workers at a waste facility in New Bern, N.C., no doubt snapped to attention when they came across not one but two unexploded landmines. Police and a bomb squad were called in to have a look. The devices turned out to be S-mines, incendiary devices that date to World War II, colorfully referred to in military circles as “Bouncing Bettys.” Neither device had a fuse, rendering them relatively harmless. One mine had already been crushed by a landfill compactor (to no ill effect, obviously). The origin of the devices was unknown, but city and landfill officials suspect the ordinance was destined for disposal elsewhere and simply was misdelivered.
So much for the new Pentagon recycling initiative.
Source: New Bern Sun Journal