U.S. Navy EOD Unit: Object on Cape Hatteras beach is live military ordnance; to be detonated

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Buxton-ordnance: photo by Cape Hatteras National Seashore

BUXTON, N.C. (WNCT) An U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit from Norfolk, Virginia, confirmed that the object discovered on a Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach in Buxton is live military ordnance.

On Thursday morning, a potential unexploded ordnance (UXO) was discovered on the beach near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach Access parking area in Buxton.

The U.S. Navy EOD unit has placed the unexploded ordnance (UXO), described as a 100-pound aerial bomb from the World War II era, deep inside the beach near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach Access parking area.

On Friday around 9 a.m., the unit will detonate the ordnance in place.

No damage to nearby structures is expected; however, Buxton residents and visitors may hear the detonation.

The following areas are closed until the U.S. Navy EOD unit detonates the UXO and determines that the entire perimeter is safe:

  • Cape Hatteras Light Station grounds and parking area
  • Old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse parking area and beach
  • Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach Access and parking area
  • Buxton Beach Access and parking area

Due to the sound the detonation may make during the early morning hours, Dare County plans to send out a mass phone notification warning to all nearby residents and visitors on Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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