Finding a WWI or WWII explosive at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean may be more common than you’d believe. And according to Delawareonline.com, one of these explosives was found at a seafood processing plant in Delaware on Friday morning.
Dover Air Force Base explosive ordnance disposal technicians were called to a Milford, Delaware’s Sea Watch processing plant when workers discovered a leaking, military explosive device amongst a haul of clams.
Six people were taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment.
There are apparently two large dumping sites off the nearby coast: one about 70 miles east of Indian River Inlet and the other 50 miles southeast of Atlantic City, N.J.
“Fishermen harvesting clams can bring up to a ton or two of clams in cages, which are then placed on a truck and shipped to the Sea Watch processing plant.”
In the past, those handling similar devices had received burns from “mustard” agents.
Shells have even turned up at people’s homes along with batches of crushed clam shell, sold to repave driveways.