Naval mine washes ashore in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

Mine may have been used for training

Naval mine found on Lauderdale-by-the-Sea beach

LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. – A naval mine washed ashore in Broward County where many people usually go to relax on the beach, News 6 partner Local 10 reported.

An investigation is currently underway, and a response team was activated.

This all happened on the beach in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea at Pine Avenue.

A section of the beach was taped off by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

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According to BSO, a deputy on patrol discovered the “possible military explosive training device” at approximately 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Naval mines are used in the ocean as an explosive drive to damage surface shifts or submarines.

It appeared that the word “inert” was written on the mine, which mean it could be a “dummy” mine used in training, but that doesn’t rule out that it could be active.

The United States Air Force was contacted by BSO and responded to examine the mine, and a BSO bomb squad was also called out to look at it.

Officials eventually secured and removed the mine. It will to into the custody of the Air Force for further examination and investigation.