The U.S. Navy detonated a mine found floating in Puget Sound Tuesday evening, giving onlookers quite a show.
The Navy found the old military mine near Brownsville Marina, floating in waters between Keyport and Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound. The sound is a body of water along the northwestern coast of Washington state.
The Navy found the device early Tuesday afternoon and detonated the mine at 8:04 p.m. after explosive disposal experts assessed the situation.
“The detonation did not create a secondary explosion, which indicated the device was inert,” the Navy said in a statement, Fox News reported Wednesday. “Its origin remains undetermined. The Navy will continue to investigate.”
The U.S. Coast Guard established a 1,500-yard safety zone, towing the old mine to a safe area so that Naval experts could inspect the explosive prior to detonation. (RELATED: Explosion From Drone Attacks Cuts Off Venezuela President’s Speech)
“It look[ed] just like a World War II mine,” retired Navy master chief Tom Parks said, according to USA Today. He took pictures of the explosive that was bobbing by his home in Brownsville.
The device had “decades of marine growth,” according to the Navy.
“It’s just an unusual situation, not many times you see a World War II mine floating around Brownsville Bay,” another resident told Q13Fox.
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