Hatteras Light Station grounds closed after unexploded ordinance found

By on October 22, 2020

Potential UXO on beach near Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach Access in Buxton, North Carolina. (NPS Photo)

National Park Service

This morning, a potential unexploded ordnance (UXO) was discovered on the beach near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach Access parking area in Buxton, North Carolina.

To ensure visitor safety, a safety perimeter measuring approximately a half mile has been established around the object. The following areas are closed until a U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit from Norfolk, Virginia arrives on scene and safety removes the potential UXO.

  • Cape Hatteras Light Station grounds and parking area
  • Old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse parking area and beach
  • Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach Access and parking area
  • Buxton Beach Access and parking area

The U.S. Navy EOD unit is expected to arrive on scene around 3:30 p.m.

National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac said, ‚ÄúThe discovery of old military devices is not uncommon along the Outer Banks. Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitors should always be on the lookout for beach hazards, especially during and after periods of rough surf.‚ÄĚ


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