A U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit arrives Tuesday afternoon at the Brownsville Marina. (Robert Zoullna/Kitsap News Group)

A U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit arrives Tuesday afternoon at the Brownsville Marina. (Robert Zoullna/Kitsap News Group)

UPDATE: Navy detonates sea mine found floating between Bainbridge and Brownsville

  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018 11:30am
  • News

POULSBO — The U.S. Navy detonated a sea mine found floating in the channel between Bainbridge Island and Brownsville on Tuesday.

A spokesperson stated that the mine was detonated at around 8:05 p.m. that evening.

“The detonation did not create a secondary explosion which indicated the device was inert,” the spokesperson stated. “Its origin remains undetermined. The Navy will continue to investigate.”

The mine was discovered by the state Department of Natural Resources, and it appeared to have decades of marine growth on its exterior.

Shortly before the detonation, the Navy stated, “It is unknown if the mine is inert, and it cannot safely be towed to shore for further assessment. The object has been towed to a location determined to be safest to the immediate population for this operation.”

Earlier in the day, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office had asked people living along the shoreline to shelter in place. The areas affected were from Brownsville and Keyport to the Agate Pass Bridge on both sides of the water.

The sheriff’s office lifted that order at approximately 8:15 p.m.

After the mine was discovered shortly after noon, the U.S. Coast Guard established a 1,500-yard safety perimeter around the device, which was drifting south about 1,200 yards east of the Brownsville Marina, according to a Coast Guard official.

At 4:50 p.m., three men in an unmarked black dinghy were seen approaching the device. Two of them entered the water and were dragging the device by a piece of rope by 4:57 p.m.

More in News

Two Thanksgiving Eve feasts set today

Two free community feasts are planned on the North Olympic Peninsula today… Continue reading

Jefferson County to lower Shine Road speed limit

Jefferson County commissioners approved a lower speed limit on… Continue reading

Housing agreement approved by Jefferson County, Port Townsend

The Jefferson County commissioners and the Port Townsend City… Continue reading

Ridership up on Port Townsend-Coupeville ferry

Ridership has greatly increased in the past year on… Continue reading

Clallam County taps chief financial officer

Clallam County has made a conditional offer of employment… Continue reading

Fire destroys poet’s Port Angeles home

A rural residence east of Port Angeles was destroyed… Continue reading

Series of six-hour closures planned for Hood Canal Bridge

Drivers are being advised to plan ahead for a series… Continue reading

Most Read