Unknown military item found on new North Carolina island

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Officials have warned of possible encounters with sharks, stingrays, rip currents and even old fishing hooks for people visiting Shelly Island, the newest addition to North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Shelly Island, the new island that appeared nearly overnight off the coast of Cape Hatteras in June, has been evacuated after a possible unexploded military ordnance washed ashore.

Rescue Chief Jack Scarborough said the object does look like some sort of military object.

The object found on Shelly Island is heavily encrusted with marine growth, according to WTVD.

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Representatives from the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, the National Park Service, Dare County Emergency Management, the US Coast Guard and local fire departments were also responding to the incident.

The National Park Service said "out of an abundance of caution", a one-mile safety perimeter was erected temporarily around the object until its nature was determined by EOD team. As of 2:30 p.m., the team was en route and was expected to arrive at the site shortly.

A ranger at Cape Hatteras National Seashore says the U.S. Navy picked up the item Friday afternoon.

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