A military explosive device recently washed ashore on a Florida beach early Sunday.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy on patrol discovered the device on the beach in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, about 30 miles north of Miami, at 2:30 a.m. Sunday and took recautions by calling the Bomb Squad and the US Air Force.
The sheriff’s office bomb squad responded and worked alongside the United States Air Force “out of an abundance of caution” to safely remove the device from the beach, Codd said.
Authorities said the device had “property of US Navy” and “INERT” written on it, but the device could have been used for military training purposes and may have been live at one point, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Naval mines are typically used in the ocean as an explosive device to damage surface ships or submarines.
A bomb squad and the Air Force determined that the device was not a threat and removed it from the beach in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.
I guess sharks aren’t the only thing we need to watch out for in the ocean!
The beach was later reopened.
CNN affiliate WPLG reported, the device is now in Air Force custody for further examination and investigation.
The origin of the device remains unclear.