A bomb fell onto a parking lot below as an Air National Guard flew over the Maryland Eastern Shore in a practice exercise. The practice bomb was inadvertently dropped, landing just feet away from a neighborhood bar, according to “Fox and Friends Weekend” on Sunday, Sept. 1.
Maryland's WBOC 16 reports that folks inside the bar saw thick smoke billowing from the parking lot Darlene's Tavern and filling the area of the establishment's outdoor deck with smoke. Some thought the initial sound of the bomb hitting the ground was fireworks, but when bar patrons went to investigate, they couldn't believe what they saw.
It was a bomb, in the shape of a missile, protruding out of a large hole in the parking lot. Once they started digging it didn't take long to know there was no doubt about what they had found, it was a military bomb. This is when they stepped away and waited for authorities to get there.
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office Bomb Squad dug a hole about five-feet deep and pulled the blue colored bomb out of the ground. They had some help from the Maryland State Highway Department who assisted with excavating the ground around the bomb in order to pull it from its resting place.
This bomb fell just feet away from the bar's deck and their large propane tank. The 33-pound bomb is called a BDU-33 and somehow it became unattached from a A-10 Warthog jet as it was flying a practice run over Maryland. Thankfully, it had no explosives as it was only a practice bomb.
According to Lt. Col. Charles Kohler with the Maryland National Guard,
the pilot didn't know that the bomb had dislodged from the jet and fell off until he returned back to the base. It was an electrical releasing device that caused one of the training bombs to become unattached.
Darlene's Tavern was closed down by officials and they sent their patrons home. Some in the bar found the incident scary. Probably because 33-pounds of metal can cause some damage and luckily the unarmed bomb didn't land on people or property.