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Navy issues all clear after WWII-era ordnance found on NC's new island

Posted July 14

Shelly Island, the new sandbar off Cape Point in Hatteras, North Carolina, was evacuated on Friday due to an object found on the beach. Photo courtesy of Dare County

— Cape Hatteras National Seashore reopened the off-road vehicle and pedestrian ramp to the Cape Point area in Buxton Friday just after 6 p.m., hours after an observer spotted a suspicious object on the beach of the newly-formed Shelly Island just off the coast.

The U.S. Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, called in to investigate, determined that the object was training ordnance from the World War II era and removed it from the beach.

Navy explosives group responds to investigate object on new NC island

Authorities established a one-mile safety perimeter around the object and closed the ramp to Cape Point while the explosives experts investigated. The item was taken to Virginia for further examination and disposal.

New island off Outer Banks


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  • Patrick Gentry Jul 15, 3:02 p.m.
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    Revisionist? The South has called it the War of Northern Aggression since the War began, either that or the Second War for Independence. It's their own terminology nothing revisionist. Just like England calls the the US Revolution the War of American Independence.

    The real problem is internet trolls trying to make everything poltical.

    Confederate soldiers are US Combat Veterans, they fought and died no differently than any other US servicemember. The US Government got over this almost a century ago yet internet trolls keep stirring the pot.

  • George Orwell Jul 15, 7:12 a.m.
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    Sore loser.

  • John Thompson Jul 14, 3:40 p.m.
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    That looks like Bumble Bee the Autobot's arm

  • George Orwell Jul 14, 3:23 p.m.
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    Anything to combat revisionist, fake history from these people. Plus, there's this. Cheers.

    "I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious." ~~~ Vince Lombardi

  • Linda Tally Jul 14, 2:59 p.m.
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    LOL! Glad you two seem to determined to refight it, whatever you call it. Keeps you occupied!

  • Ed Livesay Jul 14, 2:08 p.m.
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    No telling what could have been washed up or exposed by the currents... right in the middle of WWII and War of Northern Aggression activity.