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Two possible unexploded mines wash up on Outer Banks beaches

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Published: Sep. 25, 2017 at 11:28 AM EDT
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What appear to be two unexploded naval mines washed up on the shores of the Outer Banks on the same morning.

Currituck County authorities say their object was found around 7:15 a.m. on Whale Head Beach.

Sheriff's Lt. Jason Banks says an explosive team from Cherry Point determined it was a training mine. He said because the mine wasn't live, there was no danger to the public.

Banks said while they couldn't give an exact date, he did say it appeared the training mine was in the ocean for quite a while.

Some 75 miles down the beach and four hours later, another suspected unexploded ordinance was found in Avon. The device, which is about four feet in diameter, washed up near access ramp 34 on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

After finishing up in Currituck County, the same Cherry Point team was heading to Avon to inspect that discovery.

The National Park Service says this is the third time unexploded ordnance has been found on their seashore this year.


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What could be a World War II naval mine has washed up on the Outer Banks.

Currituck County Emergency Management says it was found around 7:15 a.m. this morning on Whale Head Beach.

Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Rebecca Gay says the call came in as a mine or some sort of ordnance that washed up on the beach.

She said they have called Cherry Point's Ordinance Unit to investigate the discovery, but in the meantime deputies have secured the immediate area around the device.

Gay says there have been no evacuations because of the discovery.