Grado - The search for 300 kilos of TNT which disappeared in the upper Adriatic off the coast of Grado has been suspended. Despite the use of underwater personnel, sonar, and other specialized equipment, there is no sign of the explosives. The operation was carried out by the Ancona’s SDAI (Servizio difesa antimezzi insidiosi), which informed the Prefecture and the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the negative outcome of its marine search.
The TNT was found last week next to a Second World War torpedo, about 80 metres from the shore. The explosives were immediately moved to about four miles off Grado, to be blown up the following day. However, when the military reached the area to proceed with the operation, the unpleasant surprise was that the explosives, left at a depth of 12 metres in a very muddy area, had disappeared.
No one is venturing to say what might have happened: the most probable reconstruction seems to be the passage - strictly forbidden, following an order of the Harbour Master’s Office - of a trawling vessel (a practice also prohibited at this time of year) that may have hooked the explosive. As regards the risks for those who come into contact with the material, the experts have pointed out that the TNT has no trigger: if there were contact, it would not explode, but it is considered dangerous nonetheless.