UNEXPLODED MINE – FLOATING IN PUGET SOUND

Unexploded Mine
Unexploded Mine, Washington State

An unexploded mine was seen floating in Puget Sound in Washington state Tuesday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. With assistant from the U.S. Navy, they carried out a controlled explosion of the object in the evening hours.

The Coast Guard said a 1,500-yard safety zone was put into effect as the ordnance drifted south between Brownsville Marina and Bainbridge Island. They also implemented a 5,000-foot flight restriction zone. The sighting was first reported around 2 p.m. local time.

The Associated Press says that the Navy inspected the moored mine and it showed decades of marine growth. Around 5 p.m., Navy divers secured a long line to the device and began towing it with a small boat. By 8:15 p.m., officials said it detonated without incident. (Story by Peter Martinez, CBS News)

A reporter from CBS affiliate KIRO-TV posted a video showing the detonation.  You can see the video of officials blowing it up on our Facebook Page.

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