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Discovered naval mine detonated off New Jersey

28 Jun 2013

Possibly due to the violent seawater movements during Hurricane Sandy of 2012, a naval mine deployed off the east coast of the United States during WW1 or WW2, which since had been lost, reappeared near the ocean surface. Experts from Naval Weapons Station Earle did not determine whether the mine was still dangerous or if it was a dummy mine used for training purposes; instead, to be safe, it was decided to attach 10 pounds of explosives to the mine in order to destroy it. Residents of the nearby town of Bay Head, New Jersey, United States who lived closed to the coast line were evacuated for safety concerns when the explosives were detonated in the morning of 26 Jun 2013. The mine was destroyed at 1100 hours local time. A water geyser reaching as high as 125 feet was observed.

For more information:
NY Daily News: World War II-era mine detonated off Jersey shore
WW2DB: Second Happy Time

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1. Anonymous says:
17 Dec 2013 12:23:38 PM

Did you mean to say "violant seawater movements?"
2. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
18 Dec 2013 07:05:25 AM

Thank you for pointing out of the typographical error. It has been corrected!

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