In February 1950, an American plane, a Convair B-36B bomber, flies off from Eielson air base in Alaska to Carswell near Dallas, Texas. The plane carried a bomb to test its effectiveness carrying heavy payloads. As they were flying along the Canadian coast, the low temperature iced up several of the plane’s engines, eventually crashing them. Five of them were killed on-site, landing in the freezing ocean.
Worried as to the Soviets might get their hands on the weapon, the US military searched for the remains of the crashed plane and the bomb that was an 11,000 pound Mark IV “Fat Man”. The search was, however, unsuccessful.
More than six decades after, a Canadian named Sean Smyrichinsky, together with some friends went diving for some sea cucumbers in an area close to Pitt Island, off the coast of British Columbia. What he saw startled him. It was more than just the size of a sea cucumber, but a way, way larger. He even told his friends he found a UFO and drew a picture of it. He said that it was bigger than a king size with a perfectly flat top, a rounded bottom and a hole in the center. That’s when they’ve realized that he might just have found a bomb. Smyrichinsky said that it looked like a 12 feet big bowl, or bigger. The bowls inside the main bowl are much larger than the size of a basketball. They’re smooth and they’re all around the center of the large bowl. He also believed that he may have found the section which held the explosives.
The nuke found by Smyrichinsky was one of the 500 that were produced during the Cold War. It was the first incident with a “broken arrow” or accident involving atomic weapons and devices.
Divers were sent to spot were Smyrichinsky found the bomb and was confirmed he indeed found a bomb. Major Steve Neta of the Canadian Armed Forces also confirmed its link to the 1950 atomic weapon accident. They wanted to be sure that’s why they’ll be investigating further. The Royal Canadian Navy Ship should arrive in the next few weeks to investigate the incident.
The Americans however, were happy that Canadians found the bomb. Though it belonged to the Americans, people are not so anxious as to get their hands on the weapon since they believed that the technology used in the explosive was already obsolete and would mean no threat to them.