Object on Buxton beach determined to be live military ordnance

Published 8:25 pm Thursday, October 22, 2020

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UPDATE: Detonation will be delayed until later Friday. Time will be updated when information available.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore has reported that after careful examination, a U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit from Norfolk, Va. confirmed that the object discovered on a CHNS beach in Buxton Thursday 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 a.m. Friday morning, October 23, the unit will detonate the ordnance in place.

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According to CHNS, no damage to nearby structures is expected, however Buxton residents and visitors may hear the detonation.

A safety perimeter measuring approximately a half mile has been established around the buried UXO to ensure visitor safety.

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. Friday.



Potential unexploded ordnance found on Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach in Buxton