Munitions Removal Scheduled for Wood Island

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C (Feb 6, 2017) - MCAS Cherry Point contractors are scheduled to remove old munitions-related debris from the surface of Wood Island, formerly known as Cat Island, beginning Feb. 21.  The project is scheduled to last nearly three weeks.

The island, which is located in Bogue Sound about a half mile from the eastern side of Emerald Isle, N.C., is the site of former Bomb Target 2 and was used to train military pilots in the 1940s-1950s.

Since 1957, the Navy has conducted multiple cleanup operations on the island.  In the fall of 2010, 3,885 pounds of inert munitions debris was removed from Wood Island. Another 4,600 pounds of munitions debris was removed during the most recent cleanup in 2014, including the in-place destruction of a single 100-pound high-explosive bomb.  This year's project aims to locate and remove any additional munitions-related debris that may have surfaced or washed onto the island since 2014.

In the very unlikely event that a munition is found and cannot be safely removed from Wood Island for disposal, it will be safely destroyed onsite in a controlled detonation. Residents of Emerald Isle near Wood Island might hear a muffled explosion.

To ensure public safety, public access will be restricted within a 1,833-foot radius around the island in all directions while cleanup operations are underway. The location of the restricted area will be communicated through a notice to mariners and by safety support boats stationed in Bogue Sound to alert boaters during cleanup operations.

Wood Island is U.S. Government property and is posted with danger and no trespassing signs.  In the interest of safety, the public should not anchor boats near Wood Island, or go onto the island at any time.

A detailed fact sheet describing the history and current actions at Wood Island is available at the MCAS Cherry Point website at

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, February 7, 2017 2:21:00 PM