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Hwy 90 closed for brief blast in Long Beach

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LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

The Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Unit from Hurlburt Field Air Force base in Fort Walton Beach, FL detonated hazardous material found in Long Beach Monday afternoon. It happened around 1:30pm.

According to Long Beach police, the hazardous material was a spent military flare spotted on the beach in west Long Beach, across from Island View Drive. It reportedly washed up on the beach, and was spotted by the BP crews monitoring the sand beach area.  

Long Beach police assisted the EOD unit.

Officials said, while bomb technicians dug a hole in the sand and prepared for the explosion, police closed off Highway 90 in west Long Beach. The highway was reopened a short time later after the device was gone.

"The Hurlburt Field EOD Unit arrived in Long Beach today to facilitate a controlled detonation of hazardous material. They were used because they are the closest EOD unit in the area. They are called in anytime hazardous material needs to be detonated," Staff Sgt. Sarah Martinez said. "They assisted local law enforcement."

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