State police detonate 'military ballistic projectile' found off Maine coast


    A military projectile, found in fishing gear off the Maine coast, then brought to a dock in the Midcoast, has been blown up. (Doug Wyman)

    BAILEY ISLAND (WGME) -- A military projectile, found in fishing gear off the Maine coast, then brought to a dock in the Midcoast, has been blown up.

    A little before 3 p.m. Monday, the State Police Bomb Squad came and removed the projectile from a dock on Bailey Island.

    The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says they got a call around 10:30 Monday morning about a projectile at the Bailey Island Lobster Wharf.

    The sheriff's captain says the words "loaded projectile" were on the seven-foot object.

    He says they then called in the Maine State Police Bomb Squad and the U.S. Navy to determine exactly what it was, if it was live and to safely haul it off.

    After talking with the U.S. Navy, they determined the object was some type of military ballistic projectile.

    As a result, sheriff's deputies were treating it as if it were a live explosive.

    Investigators say the object was found approximately 12 miles off the coast of Harpswell.

    They say it got caught in the gear of a local fishing vessel and pulled aboard the boat.

    The fisherman then transported the projectile to land.

    "I wonder what type of gear he was using,” neighbor Jon Anthony said. “But he hauled it up in his net or dragger or something. And this old projectile, which we've heard about these things in the past."

    Maine State Police explosive experts removed the projectile and drove it to a local sand pit, where it was detonated.

    At no time did sheriff's deputies evacuate any of the nearby homes.

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