WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Beachgoers Make Explosive Discovery On Assateague Island

Play associated audio
The ordnance was detonated after being found.
WAMU/Bryan Russo
The ordnance was detonated after being found.

In Maryland, an explosive discovery was made on the beach at Assateague Island National Seashore that shut down the federal side of the island and caused huge traffic backups on Monday morning.

Think of the craziest thing you've ever found during a long stroll along the shoreline—a conk shell in perfect condition, a horseshoe crab, a beached whale, or maybe even pieces of wood from a shipwreck dating back a few hundred years. But what about explosives? Seems impossible, right?

But that's exactly what a few beachgoers on the area of Assateague Island known as North Beach found on Monday morning.

More than 100 World War II pieces of ordnance washed up on the beach and military personnel, park rangers and the state fire marshal were called in to secure and later detonate the explosives.

The park reopened a few hours later.

Park officials say while it's not unheard of for ordnance to wash up, they were certainly surprised by how many came ashore.

As for where the explosives came from, park rangers say they most likely belonged to the U.S. military, since Assateague Island was used as a testing site during World War II.

NPR

Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
NPR

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Presidents And Food?

It's week two of the party conventions, and all these speeches are making us hungry. So we made a quiz to test your savvy about presidents and our favorite topic, food.
WAMU 88.5

Your Turn: Ronald Reagan's Shooter, Freddie Gray Verdicts And More

Have opinions about the Democratic National Convention, or the verdicts from the Freddie Gray cases? It's your turn to talk.

NPR

Police Use Fingertip Replicas To Unlock A Murder Victim's Phone

Michigan State University engineers tried 3-D-printed fingertips and special conductive replicas of the victim's fingerprints to crack the biometric lock on his Samsung Galaxy phone.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.