Live 100 pound WWII bomb on Buxton beach. Photo NPS.

Live 100 pound WWII bomb on Buxton beach. Photo NPS.


World War II is still with us here on the Outer Banks evidently. Thursday a 100 pound bomb showed up on the beach near the Cape Hatteras Light House Beach Access in Buxton.

It’s not clear how it got there, but it was there.

An examination by a Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team determined that it was a live bomb. Seventy-five years old or so, but still perfectly able to explode.

The best way to dispose of it, it was decided was to blow it up in place. That what the team did earlier today around 2:15 in the afternoon. There was a dull thud and a lot of sand flying into the air and that was it.

WWII bombs on a Hatteras Beach is rare—we haven’t heard of one in a very long time. However, the Outer Banks still sees more than its share of ordinance left over from the war.

Where the Bombs Are

Probably the best know example is the land around the Duck. Its official name is the US Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility at Duck. The land has been owned by the military for some time and in WWII it was a bombing range.

The live ordinance signs that line the property along NC 12? They’re not a joke.

A little know tale from the war is a remarkably unsuccessful attempt to create a safe haven for allied shipping by placing an arc or mines around Cape Hatteras. The only ships sunk were allied ships that were not told the mines were there.

There were somewhere around 2500 mines. Not all were collected and one of them will wash up on the beach from time to time.

The sitings of anything that could be construed as even remotely dangerous are very rare. Still, it makes for a good story.

So many untold tales on the Outer Banks and so much to explore. Plan your next visit with Brindley Beach Vacations.