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Two World War II-Era Bombs Found At Lake Texoma


MARSHALL COUNTY, OK -- An unusual discovery at a marina prompted a visit from a bomb squad out of Oklahoma City this weekend, and today, they found something else.

The otherworldly sight had the marina manager concerned, and that's why he called experts to determine whether anyone could be in danger.

Lake Texoma's chief park ranger says it's possible the bombs could be connected to Perrin Airfield, or another base. They're believed to date back to around the time the lake was built.

It wasn't driftwood, or a catfish skeleton. What turned up on the beach was made by man. "Who knows what's beneath the surface of the water?" says Bridgeview Resort and Marina manager Ed Mathews.

Low water levels helped reveal not one, but two old bombs near the marina, located on a section of lake north of the Roosevelt Bridge.

"This morning I had a couple that lived close to the resort come in and say, 'Ed, we think we found a sister to the one we found last Saturday," says Mathews.

"The first thing I thought was there any danger in touching it, moving it. I first immediately called the Corps of Engineers who in turn called the Marshall County sheriff and then the state Highway Patrol and we actually even had a bomb squad come out and take a look at it," says Mathews about the Saturday incident.

What they found was these relics thought to be training bombs pose no harm to people in the present day.

"Just the fact that they were pretty much corroded through," says Army Corps chief Lake Texoma park ranger Billy Williams. "These were bombs from the World War II era, probably late '30s or early '40s."

Now, more than 70 years after they were presumably dropped from a plane by pilots preparing for war, the bombs were carted away for examination by Army Corps Tulsa District archaeologists.

"They'll become property of the federal government and they'll decide the disposition at some later time," says Mathews.

"My thoughts are that possibly maybe we can use one at the office in our visitors center up in front as kind of a showpiece or conversation piece for the public," says Williams.

Meantime, with the low lake level, the Army Corps says East Burns Run, Platter Flats, Johnson Creek and Buncombe Creek boat ramps are still useable and that although the lake is at a low level, it is still open to all users.