A 7-foot-long object caught in the gear of a Maine fishing boat turned out to be a military projectile. It was detonated by the U.S. Navy and Maine State Police bomb squad on Monday.
Fire administrator Art Howe saw a photo of the projectile and said he could see the word “ordnance,” according to the Bangor Daily News.
“One of our fishermen trawled this thing up on Saturday,” Howe told the newspaper. “It was tangled in all kinds of rope, and it ended up on the dock at Mackerel Cove. It was all full of slime and pretty scuzzy looking. Today, when someone started to wipe it clean, they saw the word ‘ordnance’ on it and thought, Maybe someone shouldn’t be doing this.”