U.S. Navy drops bombs on Great Barrier Reef

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AUSTRALIA – Good grief in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The U.S. Navy says two American military planes dropped bombs near the natural wonder of the world. And it has many wondering why?

See, the Navy says the planes were running out of fuel. In an effort to lessen the load for a safer landing, the pilots ditched four bombs. Two were non-explosive. The other two were explosives, but were disarmed before they dropped.

It’s a good thing too, since the reef is not only a world heritage site; but it’s also home to endangered species. The bombs were dropped far enough away to not do any damage, plus they dropped in deep enough water so ships can pass.

So, the fish are alright. Now officials are trying to figure out how to fish the bombs out of the ocean.