Access to ‘Shelly Island’ reopened after Navy investigates military ordnance

(Dare County Emergency Management)

DARE COUNTY, N.C. — Shelly Island, a new island that formed off the coast of Cape Point last month, was evacuated after an “unidentified military device” was discovered Friday morning, WECT reports.

Dare County Emergency Management officials said Hatteras Island Rescue units were called to the island after the long, tubular object was discovered.

Access to the island was reopened by Dare County Emergency Management on Friday evening after the U.S. Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit team leader from Little Creek, Virginia, gave the all clear, according to WTVD.

The military bomb disposal team checked out the object, which is heavily encrusted with marine growth and had clearly been in the water for some time. The team determined the object was a World War II-era training ordnance, WTVD reports. The object is being taken to Virginia for further examination.

The island was evacuated and a one-mile radius was established until the all clear was given.