World War II era explosives found at Coast Guard base

SEATTLE – Authorities are investigating what appear to be explosives in the cliff face above Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Wash., today.

Contractors working on rock removal at the base found bore holes with extruding wires and what could be explosives in a cliff face above the station. Crews from the Washington State Police bomb squad inspected the area Monday and estimated the devices may be World War II era explosives.

The Coast Guard National Motor Lifeboat School and other Coast Guard barracks at Station Cape Disappointment have been evacuated and relocated to a different area on base.

There is no impact to the emergency response capabilities at Station Cape Disappointment. There is no danger to the public. Cape Disappointment State Park and the lighthouse remain open.

Future Coast Guard plans are to verify the existence of explosives and remove the ordnance if any are found.

In the rocks above the station?  Sounds to me like preparations were made to be able to blow the cliff and drop it onto the station.

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