Coast Guard Bans Boats From Area Near Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) —  The Coast Guard has banned boats from the area near the base of the Verrazano Bridge where 1,500 live anti-aircraft shells are sitting at the bottom of Gravesend Bay.

WCBS 880’S Alex Silverman reports: Lawmaker Says He Wants To Make Bay Safe For Everyone

The shells reportedly fell off a military barge 55 years ago. Assemblyman William Colton says he spoke to someone who was there when that military mishap happened.

“He told me that the barge broke away fully loaded and they couldn’t locate it, they couldn’t find it until the next morning when they found it in Rockaway Beach turned upside down with all the shells missing,” said Colton.

Depending on who you ask, it’s the Army or the Navy’s responsibility to get the bombs out of the water, but that looks less likely now that the Coast Guard is enforcing a no boating zone.

Either way, Colton says he’s glad something is being done. “I’m very happy that action is being taken to safeguard the wellbeing of the people in this area,” he said.

 For more information about the safety zone, click here.

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  • Scott

    If you have the resources, money and time to spend “enforcing” the restriction. Which, no doubt the city will do for revenue purposes I will stake my life on it, then you have the resources, money and time to allocate a resonable solution to remove them from the water. The restriction will not include military, police or other approved persons and could likley kill any otf them just as easy as it could a civilian. So rather than compound the problem with an eventual death(s) and sure to follow winning lawsuit, remove them. So sensible and easy, even a cave man can do it.

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  • Fed-Up

    What is this Soviet era Russia where they just leave it as they found it? Are you serious? You’re telling me that there are live shells in the water by the Verrazano bridge for 55 years and no one has done anything about it? There are thousands of boats going through that water way every year carrying oil, cargo and passengers and the only suggested solution to the problem is to acknowledge it and just put some Caution tape around the area!!

    Bloomberg, instead of worrying about something as stupid as smoking in parks, perhaps you should be concerned about the 1500 live shells sitting at the base of a bridge that’s used by tens of thousands of people every day!!! What happens if there is a heavy storm surge in the NYC area one day and the water pushes those shells against the base of the bridge.

    Don’t tell me about not having the money to remove them either. We spend (waste) billions of tax dollars building new schools in Afghanistan, you already charge an arm and a leg to cross that bridge and I’m sure you make a ton of money taxing my cigarettes, so Bloomberg why don’t you do NYC a favor and get the 1500 live shells off the seafloor of Gravesend Bay.

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