WWII Military Scraps, Fragments Wash Out onto Assateague Shore - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

WWII Military Scraps, Fragments Wash Out onto Assateague Shore

Posted: Updated:
(Photo: WBOC) (Photo: WBOC)

ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md.- Sand shot up into the air and a loud explosion sent birds scattering Tuesday, as a bomb squad detonated unexploded military shells that washed out at the Assateague Island National Seashore.

Park rangers closed off the northern section of the beach Tuesday morning, so experts could quickly get rid of the scraps of military shells that surfaced.

"As soon as we get the word, we go out and deal with it immediately," said Park Ranger Ted Murlock.  He said erosion uncovered the World War II artifacts. "We had a few pieces exposed and once we dug, we found a lot more."

Murlock said about 100 pieces were discovered, and that's a first.

"It was the largest load to wash out," said Murlock. He said the "unexploded ordnance was spotted by a beachgoer Monday.

"They're metal, they're heavy so the beach erodes and they get exposed," said Murlock.

As the bomb squad took care of the hazardous metal, visitors like Tabatha Preast, of Berlin, were stuck in traffic. 

"I waited three hours," said Preast. Beachgoers had no choice but to wait.

Rangers had to close the roads again for a second blast. Once that was cleaned up, visitors were given the all-clear. 

"I think it's kind of interesting. I love history and this is a part of our national history," said Preast.

During a WBOC newscast, the bomb squad let go a third blast.

Park rangers said discoveries like this are common on the island. Rockets and shell fragments are buried in 2 feet of sand, according to park rangers. So when they wash out, safety experts step in.

"The safest thing to do is to get rid of it by blowing it up," said Murlock.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Crabs and Watermelons at Annapolis Stadium

    Crabs and Watermelons at Annapolis Stadium

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:25 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:25:30 GMT
    Crabs and watermelon are the stars of a giant summertime feast open to the public at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.More
    Crabs and watermelon are the stars of a giant summertime feast open to the public at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.More
  • WBOC and FOX21 Reach Agreement with DIRECTV

    WBOC and FOX21 Reach Agreement with DIRECTV

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:53 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:53:43 GMT
    Craig Jahelka, vice president general manager of WBOC-TV issued the following statement early Friday: "WBOC-TV and FOX21 are pleased to announce we will continue to be available to DIRECTV subscribers. We have reached an agreement designed to secure continued carriage of our top-rated stations on DIRECTV for the foreseeable future. "We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the support and understanding our family, friends and neighbors here on Delmarva have demons...More
    Craig Jahelka, vice president general manager of WBOC-TV issued the following statement early Friday: "WBOC-TV and FOX21 are pleased to announce we will continue to be available to DIRECTV subscribers. We have reached an agreement designed to secure continued carriage of our top-rated stations on DIRECTV for the foreseeable future. "We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the support and understanding our family, friends and neighbors here on Delmarva have demons...More
  • Trimper's Rides Sued for 2012 Accident

    Trimper's Rides Sued for 2012 Accident

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:32 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:32:35 GMT
    Friday June 28, 2012 started out as a normal day at the amusement park for J and his family until they rode the Hampton I, a mini car and truck ride.More
    Friday June 28, 2012 started out as a normal day at the amusement park for J and his family until they rode the Hampton I, a mini car and truck ride.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Credit Card Scam Hits Ocean City

    Credit Card Scam Hits Ocean City

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:46:29 GMT
    OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Ocean City Police Department is advising citizens of a recent cyber-attack that compromised the security of numerous credit card processing companies nationwide.More
    OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Ocean City Police Department is advising citizens of a recent cyber-attack that compromised the security of numerous credit card processing companies nationwide.More
  • Easton Woman Charged with Murder of Virginia Tech Student

    Easton Woman Charged with Murder of Virginia Tech Student

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:48:41 GMT
    A 22-year-old Easton, Md. woman has been charged with both first- and second-degree murder in Virginia's Montgomery County Circuit Court.More
    A 22-year-old Easton, Md. woman has been charged with both first- and second-degree murder in Virginia's Montgomery County Circuit Court.More
  • Trimper's Rides Sued for 2012 Accident

    Trimper's Rides Sued for 2012 Accident

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:32 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:32:35 GMT
    Friday June 28, 2012 started out as a normal day at the amusement park for J and his family until they rode the Hampton I, a mini car and truck ride.More
    Friday June 28, 2012 started out as a normal day at the amusement park for J and his family until they rode the Hampton I, a mini car and truck ride.More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service