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article imageWWII-era mine detonated in waters off New Jersey beach (Video)

By Leigh Goessl     Jun 28, 2013 in World
A World War II-era mine was found partially buried in the waters off a New Jersey beach earlier this week. An explosives team cleared the area and detonated the old ordnance.

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Earlier this week a local resident, Larry Bathgate, discovered a World War II-era mine partially buried in the sand in the ocean about 10 feet off the beach in Bay Head, New Jersey. It was not known whether or not there were explosives inside the mine, so authorities took precautions and cleared the area so they could detonate the weapon.
It is possible the mine was used in military training during World War I or World War II. It is not believed any explosives were inside, but authorities could not say for sure initially, reported the Asbury Press. It was a large mine weighing hundreds of pounds. To be on the safe side, officials cleared the area and evacuated about 15 homes. The Coast Guard kept boats away from the scene.
NBC News Philadelphia reported divers from the Naval Weapons Station Earle blew up the mine on Wednesday, using a 10-pound charge of C-4 explosives.
A screen grab from NBC News video. A military explosives team detonated the WWII-era mine on June 26...
A screen grab from NBC News video. A military explosives team detonated the WWII-era mine on June 26, 2013. Water reportedly shot 125 feet into the air.
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Screen shot of a military detonation on June 26  2013 after a WWII-era mine was found in the waters ...
Screen shot of a military detonation on June 26, 2013 after a WWII-era mine was found in the waters on a New Jersey beach. This screen grab was taken from video accompanying an NBC News report.
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Many are wondering how long the mine had been there, but a theory is Superstorm Sandy may have exposed the device said base public affairs officer Michael Brady. There have been at least six other similar incidents reported since the storm came through in October 2012, devastating several areas along the East Coast.
The Washington Post reported German U-boats patrolled the ocean just beyond the horizon during WWII, targeting merchant ships on the coast, so seemingly this could be a possibility too.
Finding ordnance is said to be common along the Jersey Shore. According to media reports, in 2007 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found over 1,000 explosives on Long Beach Island during a beach replenishment project.
Long Beach Island is approximately 40 miles south of Bay Head, and is a popular residential and vacation destination along the Atlantic Coast.
The U.S. military had used Sandy Hook, which is north of Bay Head, as a military proving ground for explosives between 1874 and 1919.
In 2010, a fishing vessel looking for shellfish in Long Island, N.Y., which is to the north of the Jersey shoreline, were shocked to snare a different kind of shell when they caught munitions containing mustard gas.
“New Jersey has a long history of testing and firing rounds out to the ocean,” said Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Justin Berlien, a member of the dive team said, according to the Asbury Press report. “It’s only a matter of time until they wash up.”
The explosives team will be examining the remains of the mine found this week to see if more details can be gleaned.
YouTube user Bobby Schmidinger posted some footage of the blast.
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