Britain Lockhart, who runs another YouTube channel and dove with Sides the first time, said fear only set in after he carried the mortar shell back to the surface.
“It’s kind of hard to tell what that stuff is underneath the water, but when I picked it up, I knew exactly what it was, and I feel like it was really good for us to get that out of the water,” Lockhart said.
After pulling the mortar out of the water, they called 911. Soon after, Homeland Security, park rangers, and local police officers showed up to block off the area and dispose of it. Lockhart recalled the bomb squad told them to be careful in the future, explaining that if water hadn’t entered the fuse, there was a chance the bomb could still be live.
“We’re just trying to do our part picking up trash and cleaning up the environment,” he said. “Coming across this stuff, it’s a thrill, but it’s also very, very scary as well.”
Sides went back to dive in the same spot last Sunday — only to find two more pipe bombs. This time, he said he was more prepared.
“I immediately knew what these were, so I was a different person. I was a little more nervous, and just wanted to put these down and call somebody,” he said.
Similar to the first time, the bomb disposal teams came in with a robot to pick up the pipe bombs and put them in disposal trucks.
“I’m hoping I find more because it’s just going to tell a bigger story of why there’s so many explosives under this one bridge,” Sides explained.