Suspected mine found in surf off NJ beach - My9 New Jersey

Suspected mine found in surf off NJ beach

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BAY HEAD, N.J. (AP) — A military explosives team is preparing to detonate a suspected mine that a diver discovered partially buried in the sand in the ocean off a New Jersey beach.

Authorities have evacuated about 15 homes and a quarter mile radius around Bay Head's beach Wednesday.

Naval Weapons Station Earle public affairs officer Michael Brady says the device is believed to be a contact mine. But Brady says it's not known whether there are explosives inside or if it was just used for training.

Brady says the base's explosives ordnance disposal detachment decided it was safer to detonate the device in place rather than remove it.

Brady says Superstorm Sandy may have exposed the device. The explosives team has responded a half dozen times to similar incidents since the storm.

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