UPDATED: Mystery Jordan Bay explosion source was likely controlled detonation

Greg Bennett gbennett@thecoastguard.ca
Published on May 31, 2014

The controlled detonation of an object found along the shore in Jordan Bay was the likely cause of the loud noise people in the area heard on Friday evening shortly after 6 p.m.

On Friday, a local man who spotted a metal object on the shoreline, one that came with warning labels, contacted Shelburne RCMP who called in a military team to deal with it.

Shortly after 6 p.m., social media lit up with reports of an explosion that some described as powerful enough to shake homes in the area.

An RCMP spokesperson said the object that was destroyed could have been a military flare or similar ordinance, but he was unable to confirm exactly what it was.

On Monday it was confirmed the object was a marine location marker.  The marker is used to provide a visual mark on the ocean's surface most likely for marking a survivor in †he water.

Cpl. Darren Stevens said the RCMP called CFB Greenwood who sent personnel to destroy the device using a controlled detonation.