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

Published 1:37 pm Thursday, October 22, 2020

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore has announced that Thursday morning, October 22, a potential unexploded ordnance (UXO) was discovered on the beach near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach Access parking area in Buxton.

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

The following areas are closed until a U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit from Norfolk, Va. arrives on scene and safety removes the potential UXO:

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– 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

The U.S. Navy EOD unit is expected to arrive on scene around 3:30 p.m.

“The discovery of old military devices is not uncommon along the Outer Banks,” said National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac. “Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitors should always be on the lookout for beach hazards, especially during and after periods of rough surf.”


Object on Buxton beach determined to be live military ordnance