ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland — Well, that was close. Or was it? Shortly after wrapping up one of the most peaceful Group of Eight summits in recent memory, Prime Minister David Cameron let a cat out of the bag.
“Now #G8UK is over I can reveal a bomb was found in Lough Erne,” he posted on Twitter. “It was American from WW2. Apparently they had a practice mortar range here!” Not to worry, however. Northern Ireland police mounted a massive security operation to protect the Loch Erne resort west of Enniskillen involving thousands of officers, restricted airspace and contingencies for protesters. While the security appeared aimed at more modern threats, it clearly paid off.
Police in Northern Ireland confirmed that “during ongoing checks” ahead of the G-8, a suspicious item was discovered on June 12, which later was confirmed to be military ordnance from WWII.