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Why did a naval mine show up off the coast of Washington?

from The New York Times Magazine

Local boaters near the Brownsville Marina off the coast of Washington recently spotted something straight out of a World War II movie: a naval mine with four horns floating by, untethered. Matt Appleton, who manages the Brownsville port, was listening to a maritime radio in his office around 12:30 p.m. when he heard people talking about a mine in the water. Coast Guard, Navy and local law enforcement officials arrived on scene and cleared a 1,500-yard perimeter while explosive ordnance disposal personnel from Naval Base Kitsap inspected the munition. Ultimately the mine never posed a threat to the 320 boats in Appleton's marina. more

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