The Army, who has the lead in the investigation in finding the source of the propellant charges, reported that the dive yielded at least one propellant charge being found. The propellant charge was reported as a single-base nitrocellulose charge used in the firing of projectiles.
Historical records show that thousands of munitions have been dumped in the waters off Waianae back in the WWII time frame. Another location of interest that is suspected of containing propellant charges and dumped munitions is known as Ammo Reef, located approximately 200 yards from the Waianae boat harbor. Reportedly, the divers experienced significant underwater currents during the dive and it was unclear at this time if the search will be expanded.
Payments are made on a sliding scale, up to $250, depending on the type of UXO or hazard. Shape charge munitions such as anti-tank projectiles and rockets and larger weapons caches typically yield the most reward. Individual small arms or machine gun bullets are worth 10 cents per round.
The bulletin outlines a special EOD diving, recovery and disposal operation in the Tokyo Bay in 1956. At the end of WWII the Japanese hastily dumped thousands of munitions including CWM filled ones in nearby waters. In one instance they dumped 177 mustard filled bombs in a shallow water area ranging in depth from 30 to 40 feet. After being submerged for over 10 years they were almost forgotten about until Japanese salvage divers happened upon them when they were searching for scrap metal. The U.S. military was brought in to assess the situation. They decided that it would be best to recover the bombs and dispose of them "properly" by dumping them in much deeper waters.