On Tuesday, a naval mine appeared floating in the waters off the coast of Bainbridge Island in Washington State, not far from Kitsap Naval Base. The contact-style mine seemed to appear out of thin air in the heavily trafficked waterway just outside of Seattle, prompting officials to instruct locals to shelter in place while Navy explosive ordnance disposal personnel dealt with the threat.
The Coast Guard established a 1,500-meter perimeter around the mine, which they referred to only as “potentially unexploded ordnance,” while Navy divers approached and inspected the mine. Eventually, they were able to secure the mine to a boat and tow it away from the Brownsville Marina it had drifted near. Once it was far enough away from shore that Navy personnel were confident that it wouldn’t pose a threat to nearby civilians or property, the EOD team detonated the mine.
You can watch that detonation below:
Amazing camera work by @PhotogGriff @KIRO7Seattle capturing the moment the mine was detonated this evening near Bremerton/Bainbridge Island. The mine found earlier today in waters off Brownsville Marina no longer a danger to the public. pic.twitter.com/Iz4cnSwPXE