Navy says explosive device is missing in water off San Diego

SAN DIEGO — The Navy says an explosive device that malfunctioned during a training exercise is missing in the ocean near the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego and could pose a danger should it wash up on the beach.

The device is a time-delay demolition charge used to blow up enemy mines.

They Navy says it was attached to a fake mine in an explosives drill 300 yards off the coast on Friday. The primary charge exploded as intended, but did not trigger a complete detonation.

Officials say it would take great pressure and an ignition source to explode, but anyone who comes across the device on a beach is asked to leave it alone and call 911.

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