Decades-old sea mine detonated in Puget Sound, Wash

Ordnance floats off Browns Point on Tuesday

Ordnance floats off Browns Point on Tuesday

A pair of Navy divers attach a rope to an ordnance adrift off Brownsville Marina on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

Shannon said the object had clearly been in the water for some time, maybe even decades, according to Navy officials.

The unidentified mine was discovered Tuesday afternoon, off the west shore of Bainbridge Island.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Ali Flockerzi said the unexploded ordnance was reported in the early afternoon and was located by a crew from the Department of Natural Resources.

"The detonation did not create a secondary explosion, which indicated the device was inert", the Navy said in a statement.

Aerials from SkyKING show a rusty, rounded object with rods protruding from it, that resembles a mine.

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It's unclear how the mine ended up in Puget Sound, or how long it had been there.

- The public has been asked to shelter in place as the Navy plans dispose of an unexploded mine that has been floating in a bay off the coast of Washington state.

"Navy Explosive Ordnance personnel safely disposed of the device that appeared to be a dated military mine in waters between Keyport and Bainbridge Island", the Navy said, adding that the detonation occurred at 8:04 p.m.

U.S. Coast Guard drags mine to safe area in Puget Sound to detonate after evacuation nearby marina, homes and businesses.

The Brownsville Marina is located close to US Naval Base Kitsap, which is a torpedo testing range.

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