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Another World War II-era ordnance discovered off NC coast

Photo from Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Photo provided to Virginia-Pilot) Photo from Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Photo provided to Virginia-Pilot)
(Photo by Chad Koczera) (Photo by Chad Koczera)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

An unexploded World War II-era ordnance was discovered Tuesday at the Southern end of Hatteras Island, Virginia-Pilot reports. 

This marks the second World War II-era ordnance found in the last week. 

An encrusted World War II-era ordnance washed ashore Friday on Shelly Island off the coast of Dare County, evacuating the area over the possibility it was an unexploded Navy ordnance, the Charlotte Observer reports. 

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

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.

It was removed by an ordnance disposal team, Virginia-Pilot reports. 

“The disposal of two unexploded ordnances in the last six days serves as a reminder of the part the Outer Banks played during World War II,” Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac told the Virginia-Pilot. “I greatly appreciate the support the U.S. Navy has provided.”

Shelly 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. 
The new stretch of land was nicknamed "Shelly Island" by visitors who say it is the perfect spot to collect seashells.

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While it has been popular with shell collects and anglers, officials warn that getting to the island can be dangerous. A strong, wide rip current rushes between the point and the island, and officials are warning people not to walk or swim across the current.

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