WW2 Mine Cases Found at Cape Henlopen State Park
A recent discovery at Cape Henlopen State Park is fueling our history lesson today.
Jim Hall, chief of cultural resources at Delaware State Parks, joins us to tell us about the mine cases from WW2 that were recently discovered at Cape Henlopen State Park.
Jim says the storms back in Sept. 2016 uncovered large mine cases as well as a 2,000 lb. cast iron mine weight. The mine cases were empty. The Delaware State Police and the Dover Air Force base made sure they were non-explosive so they were not harmful to anybody.
Jim also says if you are out at the Delaware State Parks and you find something that looks like a bomb or anything unusual, it’s best to leave it alone.
“Take some pictures of it. Take some photographs of it,” Jim says. “If there are kids playing in the area, let them know about it. Call somebody. Call 9-1-1 or call the park office if you’re at the park.”
The mine cases will go to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab where they will tidy them up, stabilize them and conserve them so they can be on display at Battery 519 at Cape Henlopen State Park as part of the Fort Myles Museum Experience.