Shelly Island gets a visitor ... a WWII training device

(Photos courtesy of Dare County Emergency Management)

SHELLY ISLAND, Dare County (WTVD) - Dare County Emergency Management temporarily blocked access to the new Shelly Island that's popped up at Cape Hatteras' Cape Point after it investigated and removed a World War II-era military training device.

The mile-long Shelly Island, which formed in the spring, is separated from Hatteras Island by a few hundred feet of water no more than 5 feet (1.5 meters) deep at low tide.

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The National Park Service says in a news release the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad responded to a report of an old military device on the sand bar Friday. Dare County Emergency Management requested assistance from the U.S. Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit from Little Creek, Virginia. After a preliminary examination, the unit determined that the item was training ordnance, which it removed and took to Virginia for further examination and disposal.

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