By Peter Martinez CBS News August 29, 2018, 12:11 AM Officials detonate unexploded mine floating in Pugent Sound

A close look at the ordnance floating in the Pugent Sound on Tue., Aug. 28, 2018.


An unexploded ordnance was seen floating in the Pugent Sound in Washington state Tuesday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. With assistant from the U.S. Navy, they carried out a controlled explosion of the object in the evening hours.

The Coast Guard said that a 1,500-yard safety zone was put into effect as the ordnance drifted south between Brownsville Marina and Bainbridge Island. They also implemented a A 5,000-foot temporary flight restriction zone. The sighting was first reported around 2 p.m. local time.

The Associated Press says that the Navy inspected the moored mine and it showed decades of marine growth. Around 5 p.m., Navy divers secured a long line to the device and began towing it with a small boat. By 8:15 p.m., officials said it detonated without incident.

A reporter from CBS affiliate KIRO-TV posted a video showing the detonation:

Mine detonated after being towed from near Brownsville Marina @KIRO7Seattle 11PM

— Ranji Sinha (@RanjiKIRO7) August 29, 2018

AP says Brownsville is a few miles south of Naval Base Ktisap — Keyport's torpoedo testing range.

The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office took to Facebook to thank the Navy, its federal and military partners and law enforcement and fire service community to ensure citizen safety.

THANK YOU for your patience. Thank you to all the Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel at the U.S. Navy Region…

Posted by Kitsap County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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