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.
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.
says the base's explosives ordnance disposal detachment decided it was
safer to detonate the device in place rather than remove it.
says Superstorm Sandy may have exposed the device. The explosives team
has responded a half dozen times to similar incidents since the storm.