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Editor's note: This article was updated at 10:41 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2020, with more information.

CEDAR POINT — The Western Carteret Fire Department was in charge Sunday evening when the Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit from Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune blew up an unexploded military ordnance a boater had picked up and brought to Dudley’s Marina in Cedar Point.

Capt. Dustin Pelkey of the WCFD said the boater brought it to the popular marina late Sunday afternoon.

The N.C. Marine Patrol, the law enforcement arm of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, was notified immediately and contacted the U.S. Coast Guard, the bomb unit, Swansboro Fire Department, the town of Cedar Point and the Swansboro Police Department. Carteret County Sheriff’s Office deputies were also on the scene, along with the sheriff’s office incident command unit.

All the units communicated to halt traffic along Highway 24 in the area near the marina and to keep boaters away, Capt. Pelkey said.

The bomb unit buried the ordnance in a trench, rendered it harmless and exploded it.

“It went very well,” Capt. Pelkey said.

Traffic was halted for about 20 minutes, although it backed up for longer than that along the busy highway.

“The EOD did a great job,” Capt. Pelkey said. “Everyone involved did their jobs.”

Reports indicate the device was found in Browns Inlet, south of Swansboro.

All navigable waters in the area between the south bank of Bear Creek and the north bank of Browns Inlet are property of U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and are off-limits due to highly sensitive, unexploded ordnance in this area, according to the Marine Corps.

 

Contact Brad Rich at 252-864-1532; email Brad@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @brichccnt.

(Previous report)

CEDAR POINT — The Western Carteret Fire Department was in charge of the scene Sunday evening when the Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit from Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville blew up an unexploded military ordinance Sunday evening after a boater picked it up and brought it to Dudley’s Marina in Cedar Point.

Capt. Dustin Pelkey of the WCFD said a boater found the device and brought it to the popular marina late Sunday afternoon.

The N.C. Marine Patrol, law enforcement arm of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, was notified and contacted the U.S. Coast Guard, the military unit, Swansboro Fire Department the town of Cedar Point and the Swansboro Police Department, among other agencies, Capt. Pelkey said.

All the units communicated well together to halt traffic along Highway 24 in the area and to keep boaters away.

Capt. Pelkey said the ordnance was buried in a trench, rendered harmless and then exploded.

“It went very well,” he said.

Traffic was halted for about 20 minutes, although it backed up for longer than that on a typical Sunday on the busy highway.

“The EOD did a great job,” Capt. Pelkey said. “Everyone involved did their jobs.”

Reports indicate the device was found in Browns Inlet, south of Swansboro.

All navigable waters in the area between the south bank of Bear Creek and the north bank of Browns Inlet are property of U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and are off-limits due to highly sensitive unexploded ordnance in this area, according to the Marine Corps.

Contact Brad Rich at 252-864-1532; email Brad@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @brichccnt.

(4) comments

Bear26Actual

The person or persons should not have brought that ordinance to the shore.where people are to begin with. They are lucky it didn't go off in their hands. Ill just bet they went into the restricted area and picked it up.

beachmami13

There's that area too in the sound near EI that's restricted. Wonder if all of the politicians w/their hands out for more development cash have a plan for how to handle all of those areas and whether or not they have insurance to pay for claims if any of them ever do go off...

CARTERETISCORRUPT

This bombing of an island in proximity to boaters was an insane idea to begin with. Sheer stupidity. The military should have to clean out all that ordinance and end use of that area for live ordnance use. Do that mess on base.

David Collins

That area is part of the base . Clearly marked on charts , even digital ones as well as along the waterway . Restriction signs abound , at least the ones not “ borrowed “ stolen by souvenir hunters . These guys probably knew exactly what they were doing . Been going on for many years . Guilty myself .

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