“Unexploded ordnance” found in Sandy Hook was a fireworks ball, State Police detonated

    Harriet Tubman

    State Capitol, Harrisburg, Pa. (Image courtesy of WikiMedia Commons)

    A bomb squad detonated a fireworks ball found in the Fort Hancock section of Sandy Hook this afternoon, authorities said.

    Initially thought to be unexploded ordnance, the device was found near the SeaStreak ferry dock late morning, promoting authorities to suspend ferry service to the park, said Daphne Yun, a Gateway National Park spokeswoman. 

    The New Jersey State Police Bomb Squad detonated the device at about 4 p.m., Yun said, adding that ferry service normally ends at 4 p.m. but will resume normal operations tomorrow.

    Hartshorne Drive was closed earlier but has since reopened, Yun said. 

    Yun did not provide any additional details about the incident. 

    In late June 2013, ordnance was spotted off Bay Head and detonated by a military explosives team. 

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.