U.S. Navy explosives team to detonate military ordnance that washed ashore in N.J.

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    A U.S. Navy explosives team will detonate an unexploded military ordnance that recently washed up at the Jersey Shore.

    The ordnance washed ashore at the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area in extreme northern Monmouth County.

    The controlled detonation by the Naval Weapons Station Earle’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team is set for tomorrow morning at Sandy Hook, according to a military release.

    The park will be closed to the general public until 1 p.m. The detonation could cause ground shaking and considerable noise that could be felt farther than usual during overcast weather.

    The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team routinely responds to reports of ordnance washing ashore at Sandy Hook, the release said.

    “Unexploded ordnance are not uncommon at Gateway’s Sandy Hook Unit. Not only was Fort Hancock an active military base until 1974, but this site was also the proving ground of the U.S. Army from 1874 until 1919,” said Gateway National Recreation Area Superintendent Jen Nersesian, “Public safety is our first concern, which is why we are closing the park during the detonation.”

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