Marines Safely Detonate a Military Explosive Device Found on South Carolina Nature Preserve

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A car drives under a sign that states the sole purpose of the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Parris Island, SC. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

A military explosive device found in the Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island was destroyed by a U.S. Marine Corps team, according to officials from Sea Pines and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

The device was found around 10 a.m. Monday in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, a protected nature area located in the northern half of the gated community. Sea Pines security informed the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, who reached out to MCRD Parris Island.

Officials say the device was known as an "unexploded ordnance," or an explosive weapon that did not explode and still posed a risk of detonation. According to the FBI, ordinances can remain hidden for decades before exploding without notice.

The device was safely destroyed by members of a Marine Corps Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, according to Maj. Angela Viens, a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office.

Additional details on the specific nature of the device, why it was in Sea Pines and how long it was there were not immediately available. It's also not known how the device came to the attention of authorities.

Philip Kulczewski, a spokesperson from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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