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UPDATE: Unexploded bomb safely detonated near Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Published: Oct. 22, 2020 at 3:07 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 23, 2020 at 3:10 PM EDT
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BUXTON, N.C. (WITN) - Officials say that they have safely detonated a World War II era bomb that was discovered on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

An EOD team from Norfolk successfully detonated the buried ordnance just after 12:30 p.m. Friday.

We’re told that the team reported a dull thud and sand tossed into the air around 60 feet. A combination of explosives including C-4 was used.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ground and nearby parking and beach areas are back open, officials say.

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The detonation of an unexploded bomb on the Outer Banks has been delayed.

Officials say it will happen later Friday morning or early afternoon because of a nearby fire.

The National Park Service says the ordnance was discovered on the beach Thursday morning near the lighthouse beach access parking area in Buxton.

The lighthouse and nearby parking and beach areas will be closed through the afternoon. All areas will reopen as soon as the work is complete.

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An unexploded bomb found on the Outer Banks has areas near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse closed down.

The National Park Service says the ordnance was discovered on the beach this morning near the lighthouse beach access parking area in Buxton.

A Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal crew from Norfolk is expected to arrive this afternoon to safely remove it.

The park service has closed off a half-mile area. This includes the Cape Hatteras Light Station grounds and parking area, Old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse parking area and beach, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach Access and parking area, and the Buxton Beach Access and parking area.

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