Military Blows up World War II-era Bomb Found in Utah Desert

In this image taken from video on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2015, a World War II-era, 500 pound, sand-filled training bomb, discovered by Craig Alvord, is blown up the U.S. Air Force near Wendover, Utah. (Marc Weaver, KSL-TV/Deseret News via AP)
In this image taken from video on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2015, a World War II-era, 500 pound, sand-filled training bomb, discovered by Craig Alvord, is blown up the U.S. Air Force near Wendover, Utah. (Marc Weaver, KSL-TV/Deseret News via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY -- A man searching for unique rocks in the Utah desert near the Nevada state line recently made an explosive discovery: a World War II-era bomb.

Craig Alvord told Salt Lake City news station KSL-TV this week that the 6-foot-long bomb is the best find he's made in more than 50 years of searching for stones.

Alvord notified the Air Force about the bomb. Though it wasn't discovered within base boundaries, Hill Air Force Base spokesman Richard Essary says its bomb squad detonated it Tuesday afternoon with C4 plastic explosives.

Essary said it appears to be a practice bomb from the World War II era. It may have ended up there because of a test range in the area.

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