Dry lake discoveries

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POSTED: Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 7:09pm

As drought dries California lakes, interesting items once hidden by the water are being found. Lili Tan reports.

(KSBY) The day police and dive teams pulled a stolen car out of California's Laguna Lake, a teenager found a gun stuck in the mud nearby.

"We just saw the handle of it and it was covered in mud, so then I just kind of shook it off and it was a hand gun. We were all pretty surprised," said Tate, 15, of San Luis Obispo.

On Sunday afternoon, Tate and his friends say they went to Lake Laguna to look for buried treasure. "It was three teenage guys digging around in the mud," he said.

The lake is so dry in some areas that cracks in ground measure about six inches deep, revealing items such as golf balls, beer bottles, shoes, previously stuck in the mud.

Tate found a Phoenix Arms 25 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

"I was like whoa. Of course, we were like, it's probably a BB gun because you never find guns in lakes since it's San Luis, you know?" Tate said.

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