July 19, 2017

U.S. Navy Disposes of an Unexploded Ordnance
on Southern End of Hatteras Island

Yesterday, the National Park Service contacted the U.S. Navy regarding a potential World War II era unexploded ordnance that was found in a remote area on the southern end of Hatteras Island. Today, the U.S. Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit arrived on scene and used controlled detonation to render it safe.

Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac said, “the disposal of two unexploded ordnances in the last six days serves as a reminder of the part the Outer Banks played during World War II. I greatly appreciate the support the U.S. Navy has provided.”

The first unexploded ordnance was found on Shelly Island last Friday, July 14, which prompted a temporary evacuation as a cautionary measure of the sandbar and adjacent Cape Point. Several sources noted that the first ordnance appeared appeared to be training piece of ordnance, also likely from the World War II era.

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