Naval MINE washes up on popular Florida beach

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Naval MINE washes up on popular Florida beach as the bomber is called to tackle explosives amid a mystery as to where it came from

  • A deputy on patrol found the unexploded ordnance around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday
  • Broward County bomb squad arrived to clear the mine and make sure it was safe
  • Theories include that it could have been used by smugglers to transport drugs

A naval mine washed up on a Florida beach popular with sun worshipers, baffling officials as to its origins.

A deputy found the unexploded ammunition on the waterfront at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Sunday at around 2:30 a.m., and police urgently sealed off the area.

The Broward County Bombing Department arrived to remove the mine and make sure it was safe. It is now being turned over to the United States Air Force for further investigation.

A deputy sheriff found the unexploded ammunition on the waterfront at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea on Sunday at around 2:30 a.m., and police rushed to seal the area.

A deputy sheriff found the unexploded ammunition on the waterfront at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea on Sunday at around 2:30 a.m., and police rushed to seal the area.

The Broward County bombing army arrived to remove the mine with a tractor and make sure it was safe

The Broward County bombing army arrived to remove the mine with a tractor and make sure it was safe

Broward County Bombing Department arrived to remove the mine with a tractor and make sure it was safe

The word ‘inert’ was featured on the device, suggesting it could be a ‘dummy’ device used during training.

Sea mines are usually laid by a ship and attached to the sea bed.

They explode on impact from a surface ship or submarine and can only be cleared by a specialized minesweeper.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said a deputy sheriff found the device while on patrol on the sandy beach, which is about 30 miles north of Miami, at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

“BSO deputies have secured the area around the item and closed off a small portion of the beach,” the sheriff said in a statement.

It was ‘determined that the sea mine was safe’ and was taken before the beach was reopened.

The word ‘inert’ was featured on the device, suggesting it could be a ‘dummy’ device used during training. It is depicted to be removed by a tractor

Video made by Local10News showed the naval mine on the beach about a meter from the waterline.

Later, in further footage, officials could be seen loading the large metal object onto a trailer after it was removed from the beach by a tractor.

Military sources told the channel that mines are sometimes filled with drugs and left in the sea by human traffickers before being picked up by conspirators.

It is not clear if there were people on the beach when the device was found, but since it was early morning it is unlikely that there were large crowds.

The origin of the device is still unclear.

Sea mines are usually laid by a ship and attached to the sea bed.  They explode on impact from a surface ship or submarine and can only be cleared by a specialized minesweeper

Sea mines are usually laid by a ship and attached to the seabed.  They explode on impact from a surface ship or submarine and can only be cleared by a specialized minesweeper

Sea mines are usually laid by a ship and attached to the sea bed. They explode on impact from a surface ship or submarine and can only be cleared by a specialized minesweeper

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