SURF CITY - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is investigating an unidentified object buried in the sand off the 17th Street beach.

Borough Public Works employees tried to move the object but were unsuccessful, according to Army Corps spokesman Steve Rochette.

Rochette said the Army Corps was notified about the object to provide expertise with identifying it.

"At this point, we haven't identified the object but we're going to work with the partners (the borough and the state Department of Environmental Protection) to identify it," Rochette said.

"Corps personnel have been on site to investigate. Yesterday (Wednesday), personnel were on site, but it was not visible to identify because of the water level," he said.

Rochette could not provide a date of when the object was first located. The Surf City Department of Public Works has placed an orange buoy at the location where the object is to deter the public from interfering with it.

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