Nearly one dozen containers for military warheads washed up on beaches in Laguna Beach and Newport Beach last week, according to the Orange County Sheriff Department.
Cylinders marked with "warhead, 2.75 inch, practice" came ashore at Bluebird Beach, Shaw's Cove and Cress Street Beach on Nov. 24, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Louise Callus said. Wooden boxes that the cylinders were evidently packed in also were found by people out for a morning stroll on the beach.
The warheads were also found at locations in Newport Beach, according to the Sheriff's Department.
The Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad was called to detonate the devices, which were determined to be inert. The department issued a special bulletin Nov. 24 to local police agencies alerting them of the ordnance discoveries.
"Several wood boxes have washed up on the shoreline containing cylinders (four in each box) with markings on them indicating they contain 2.75-inch U.S. Military practice rocket warheads," the bulletin stated. "It is believed these boxes were unintentionally deposited into the ocean during recent military exercise.