The sheriff’s office is “pretty confident” that the ordinance was an old land mine, Debbie Carson, a media relations officer at the office, tells CNN.
Carson says that Vero Beach, the second most populous city in Indian River County, was a military training base for WWII. So finding old military ordinances is “rather common.”
Wednesday’s land mine was “at least the second or third time” the sheriff’s office has dealt with an ordinance in 2022, Carson said.
Officers from the sheriff’s office monitored the scene while waiting for explosive specialists from the Patrick Air Force Base, who safely removed the mine. No one was injured, the sheriff’s office says.
“We always want people to use caution around” suspected military ordinances, Carson said. “The chances of one of them still being able to explode after all this time and being exposed to salt water is pretty minimal.”
Still, beachgoers who spot a suspicious object on the beach should use caution and call the police, Carson says.