A part of Flamenco Beach in snake It was closed this morning so federal and state officials could detonate an explosive device found in the area two days ago.
Mayor of Island Municipality, edilberto romeroexplained to new day It is believed to be a “large explosive projectile” that is believed to have been brought to the surface by waves recorded in the region last week.
For his part, the Director of the Police Explosives Division, ismail cartagenaspecified that It is “a military weapon of about 18 to 24 inches long and five to six inches in circumference (width)”., At present, how much this weapon weighs and what is its detonation capacity, it has not been estimated.
The projectile, according to preliminary information, belongs to the part of the bombs used by united states navy During that time he was conducting military exercises in this island municipality.
,It is a type of military weapon similar to a projectile. it’s quite big. Our explosives personnel are with the military who are experts”, Cartagena insisted.
The weapons were found last Tuesday by a tourist near the area of a military tank. The man alerted the authorities to a strange object that looked like a projectile. Agents from the above division reviewed the object and, in turn, alerted United States Army federal officials and equipment experts, who confirmed that it was an explosive.
“It’s an explosive that was found two to three days ago, but it’s not going to explode as of today, because it was necessary for federal officials to arrive. The area was guarded. Today he arrived and went to the army to detonate the device.” are in the private sector of the Corps of Engineers”Romero said by telephone.
“The area is closed and no one can be there. But we advise people not to go to the beach till the work is done. For visitors, please remember that you should always call the authorities if you see anything strange. Artifacts have been found in many places here in Culebra and they can continue to be found, so they have to be taken with care.
Cartagena indicated that the eruption would occur in a controlled manner around 3:00 this Saturday afternoon.
He surmised that any visitor or resident on the island would be able to hear the “explosion”. However, he said it would be “controlled” and that the island should not be a matter of concern to the people of the municipality.
There are police personnel from the Bureau of Explosives, Bureau of Firefighting, Bureau of Emergency Management, environmental emergency personnel, United States Corps of Engineers, military and other first responders to this type of event in the region.
“They haven’t got a bomb in a long time”
Romero recalled the last time there was a similar emergency at Flamenco Beach December 2013When a tourist saw an artifact, he alerted the authorities and in fact, it was found to be an explosive.
in that occasion, It was able to detonate several days before what was described by officials as a 100-pound World War II-era bomb., which was five feet deep, near the shore, on the said beach. The bomb was detonated on 8 January 2014 and had to be carried underwater, given that the explosive energy of the device could represent that.
“Here was the task of clearing the explosives by the Corps of Engineers, and whatever was there was detonated. That was many years ago. But what the Corps of Engineers has done is that it has posted information about how the bombs appear so that if people see something they don’t touch it, but report it,” Mayer said.
“That’s why there are so many signs warning people to stop, accept, back up, and call 9-1-1,” he said.
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