On Sunday, July 18th, a visitor advised ranger Devin Seybert that a possible explosive device had washed ashore at the north end of North Core Banks. Seybert tentatively identified the device as an unexploded aerial bomb, marked a wide area as a safety buffer, and informed management of the situation. On July 19th, an explosive ordnance disposal team from the Marine Corp Air Station at Cherry Point was taken to the bomb’s location. The Marine Corp team identified the device as a World War II era bomb, possibly containing up to 75 pounds of TNT. The EOD team destroyed the bomb by detonating it in place with C-4 explosives. The coastal areas of North Carolina experienced considerable military activity during World War II, both in training exercises and actual combat involving shipping convoys and German U-Boats.