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According to WKRG, ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - A scary day for beachgoers in Orange Beach after an explosive device is found near Perdido Pass. Lt. Steve Brown with Orange Beach Police tells News 5 that the device appears to be an underwater bomb. It was found on the east side of the Perdido Pass. A bomb squad from NAS Pensacola is enroute to the scene. We hope to have more information for News 5 at Noon. www.wkrg.com/alabama/article/bomb-found-on-beach/903866/Jul-06-2010_11-29-am/
t appeared to have been at sea for some time, White said. The explosives team removed the device and is taking it back to Panama City for further identification and disposal, White said. The practice mine was found near the east side of Perdido Pass. People were being kept at least 500 feet from the device as officials waited for the ordnance disposal team to remove it. Source
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Crews have cordoned off about 30 yards of beach with construction
Legacy of Horn Island’s Weapon Program
The site was used to destroy captured German mustard gas bombs as well as phosgene in 1946-47 before being abandoned completely. Most of the then-unoccupied complex was destroyed completely by the Hurricane of 1947. In the 1970 the US Army disclosed that it had dumped large quantities of mustard gas and other chemical weapons that had been stockpiled at Horn Island in the deep canyons of the Gulf of Mexico just after world war two. Subsequent wild fires and hurricanes have reduced the structures to only a few buried foundation blocks and part of the brick incinerator. The island is today considered safe and is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.