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Navy Says Bombs Dropped Near Great Barrier Reef

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  Original Published: 7/22/2013  Two U.S. military aircraft dropped bombs near the Great Barrier Reef off the Australian coast on Sunday.   The U.S. Navy says the two Marine planes had to abandon the bombs because they were running out of fuel and feared they wouldn't be able to land unless they dropped some of their weight.   The Navy says two of the bombs were non-explosive.   The other two were explosive, but were disarmed before they were dropped.   The Navy says they did not explode.   The Navy says the pilots dropped the bombs in an area away from the reefs and deep enough to prevent passing ships from running into them.   The Great Barrier Reef is home to thousands of animal species.   It's a habitat for animals threatened by extinction.
   
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