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Mysterious new NC island got more mysterious with discovery of possible bomb

Object found on beach at Shelly Island (Credit: Dare County Emergency Management) Object found on beach at Shelly Island (Credit: Dare County Emergency Management)
Photo by Chad Koczera Photo by Chad Koczera
CHARLOTTE, NC (Mark Price/The Charlotte Observer) -

North Carolina’s mysterious new island has become even more mysterious.

Media outlets were reporting Friday that Shelly Island off the coast of Dare County was evacuated due to a possible unexploded Navy ordnance that was discovered washed ashore Friday morning.

Hatteras Island Rescue Squad confirmed to TV station WNCN that the emergency call came in at 8:15 a.m., resulting in officials telling people not to visit the newly-formed island until a proper investigation can be done.

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The National Park Service, Dare County Emergency Management, the U.S. Coast Guard are also on scene, WNCN reported.

A military bomb disposal team is on the way to the island to check out the object, reported TV station WTVD.

Dare County Emergency management released photos of the discovery, showing it to be long, black and heavily encrusted with marine growth.

The island appeared in April and has continued to grow. It is separated from Hatteras Island by a few hundred feet of water that is 5 feet deep at low tide. However, at high tied, the channel is much deeper, with a swift current, and is reportedly popular with sharks and sting rays.

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