Florida beach closed after naval mine washes ashore

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A naval mine washed ashore on a Florida beach Sunday, closing a section of the coastline while the bomb squad was brought in to investigate.

The gray spherical device, measuring about 4 feet in diameter, floated onto the beach Sunday morning near Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, adjacent to the Plunge Beach Hotel, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said the “possible explosive training device” was marked as “inert” — though a military source told WPLG it that didn’t rule out that it wasn’t active.

The bomb squad arrived at about 2:30 a.m. to examine the device and secure the site until US Air Force personnel arrived.

It was eventually hauled off the beach, strapped onto a trailer and driven away for further inspection.

Naval mines are used against ships as well as surfaced submarines during conflicts.

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