8:00 a.m. Friday Update: Due to a nearby residential structural fire, the detonation of the buried unexploded ordnance in Buxton is delayed until later this morning or early this afternoon. A specific time likely won’t be established by EOD Detachment Norfolk from Naval Station Norfolk.
After careful examination, a U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit from Norfolk, Virginia confirmed that the object discovered on Buxton Beach this morning is a live military ordnance.
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.
At around 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, October 23, the unit will detonate the ordnance in place.
No damage to nearby structures is expected, however, Buxton residents and visitors may hear the detonation.
To ensure visitor safety, a safety perimeter measuring approximately a half-mile has been established around the buried UXO. 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 at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.