Detonation of WWII ordnance executed in Edgartown

Edgartown Police responded to unexploded ordnance on the beach Wednesday. -Rich Saltzberg

Edgartown Police responded to a call from South Beach’s Right Fork Wednesday afternoon regarding an unexploded ordnance.

According to the police report, parks department employee Gene Townes told officers that the ordnance was discovered on the beach. “Lifeguards then dug up the ordnance, and transported it to the parking area of the guard shack,” to be later transported by Officer Jake Silva to the police station, the report states.

Confirming the ordnance was from the World War II era, and “possibly live,” Trooper Mike Rockett of the Massachusetts States Police Bomb Squad assisted Edgartown Fire Department with the safe transportation and sucessful detonation of the ordnance at the former landfill on Meshacket Road. 

Edgartown Police alerted the public ahead of the explosion with text messages and social media posts.


  1. I don’t think it’s wise to have the lifeguards dig a possible dangerous item up and transport it to the stand and then have a police officer transport it to the police station. Shouldn’t bomb disposal trained personnel have been the one to go to beach to retrieve it? Maybe protocols and procedures should be looked at for the future.


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