BROWNSVILLE, Washington – A decades-old mine discovered in the waters of Port Orchard Bay on Tuesday afternoon has certainly exploded According to the US Navy
the old ammunition was found by a department of the State Department of Natural Resources located about 1200 meters east of Brownsville Marina, Coast Guard officials said.
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Marine units from several nearby police departments, the Coast Guard and the Navy reacted to the scene and quickly erected a 1,500 yard security fence around mine.
"The first inspection revealed that the unidentified, firmly anchored mine had marine fouling for decades," Navy officials said in a press release. "The Navy is reviewing plans for disposal with our partners in the best interests of public safety."
Finally two brave divers went into the water and attached a towline to the ammunition and video from Air 4 showed the mine towed away. Coast Guard officials said the Navy was planning to tow the mine to Keyport.
The Navy later decided that the safest solution would be to dispose of the mine to detonate. They said they could not haul it safely to the coast because it was unknown when the mine was inert.
The mine was safely detonated around 8 pm and the Navy said there is no danger to the public. Kitap County sheriff officials gave bridge-to-bridge command to those living along the coast on both sides of Port Orchard Bay, from Brownsville Marina north to Keyport and the Agate Pass. But this order has since been lifted.
There was no word where the mine came from, how it got into the water or how it dissolved.