Paige Burnett, 10, left, and Sage Menzies, 9 posing with a world War I practice bomb, they discovered the day before while swimming in Lobdell Lake behind the Menzies’ home in Linden, Mich.
(Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
Two girls found an unexpected treasure while diving to the bottom of lake Michigan during a game of “mermaid” on Tuesday.
Paige Burnett, 10, was sweeping the floor of Lobdell Lake in Argentine Township with her hands when she touched something strange. She tried to pull the item, but it was too heavy and wouldn’t budge.
When they got back, they recruited her 9-year-old friend Sage Menzies’ help. The girls dove under the water, struggling to recover from the mysterious metal-like object buried under the mud.
The girls asked Burnett’s mother for help. Together, the group was able to retrieve the 3-meter-long object from the murky water and pull to shore. The realization of the model appeared to be a bomb, adults in the neighborhood called the local police, who in turn contact the Michigan State Police, the bomb squad.
“This is definitely one for the books.”
– The argentine Township police Sgt. Douglas Fulton
“When she realized what she said, ‘Leave it alone,'” Burnett’s grandmother, Yvonne, told The Flint Journal. “It is quite a relic. We had called the police and they called the bomb squad in and they said that they have seen these before and they are mostly around Lake Huron.”
Authorities have confirmed the item was one of the first world War practice bomb — probably a Mark 2 practice bomb dropped by pilots save test runs, the Michigan newspaper.
The bomb squad, a hole is drilled in the shell and nothing but mud leaked. Anyway, it was still a pretty interesting find, Argentine Township police Sgt. Douglas Fulton admitted.
“This is definitely one for the books,” he told the newspaper.
Because the goal was not a threat, officials allowed the girls to keep up with the practice of the bomb as a souvenir.
“We were super happy that we had found this, instead of just something from metal,” Menzies told The Flint Journal. “We said,” We can be famous.'”