Authorities said the device had ‘property of US Navy’ and ‘INERT’ written on it! A possible military explosive training device was discovered Sunday on the shore of a Florida beach, according to authorities.
A deputy discovered the device, believed to be a sea mine, at a beach in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea– about 30 miles north of Miami, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO).
The bomb squad and U.S. Air Force were called “out of an abundance of caution” after BSO determined it was a “possible military explosive device,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
A possible military explosive training device was discovered Sunday at a beach in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea (Broward County Sheriff’s Office)
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.
Parts of the beach where the device was found were temporarily closed off Sunday. It was later determined to be safe and was removed from the beach, the sheriff’s office said.
The beach has since reopened, authorities added, according to FOX 5 of Atlanta.
Army CID investigating missing DC National Guard rifle
“To protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time,” Grey told Military Times, declining to confirm when special agents interviewed the Guard unit and whether there were any leads.
The rifle went missing after a March 11 training, Politico reported, and when unit leadership wasn’t able to locate it, CID took over, taking statements this week.
Missing equipment, particularly weapons, can bring military units to a stand-still. If it is discovered that weapons were purposely removed, not to mention intended for illegal use, troops can face serious legal consequences.
More than $1 million in weapons parts and sensitive military equipment was stolen out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and sold in a vast black market, some of it to foreign buyers through eBay, according to testimony at a federal trial this week.
Last year, a Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, battalion commander and command sergeant major were fired after two of their units rifles went missing, never to be recovered.