The large waves that pounded California’s coast final week washed ashore trash, driftwood and one thing surprising: a really outdated bomb, rusted over and lined with particles.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Workplace bomb squad was referred to as out to examine the “inert military ordnance,” which had been discovered at Pajaro Dunes, about 20 miles southeast of town of Santa Cruz, at about 2 p.m. on Sunday, Ashley Keehn, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s workplace, mentioned in an e-mail.

The officers decided that the bomb was inert utilizing X-rays, she mentioned, including that it was believed to be a army “practice bomb” from the Sixties. Such bombs have been usually full of water or sand and used for goal follow.

Due to its measurement and its degraded situation, personnel from the close by Travis Air Pressure Base have been referred to as in to take away the bomb, she mentioned. Representatives for the bottom weren’t instantly out there to remark.

“This ordnance washing up on shore goes to show the intensity of the high surf we saw in Santa Cruz County this past week,” Ms. Keehn mentioned.

She added that it was commonplace for army weaponry and tools to scrub up on Santa Cruz’s shores.

Researchers have estimated that tens of millions of kilos of unused bombs have been dumped into the ocean off the coasts of a number of American states between the Nineteen Forties to Seventies.

Specialists have lengthy expressed fears that these bombs may pose severe dangers by getting caught in fishermen’s nets, washing ashore or leeching chemical substances and toxins into the water.