A group of magnet fishermen who found a collection of Army ordnance near Fort Stewart in Georgia will not be fined after initially facing charges for their adventure.
Last month, Bryce Nachtwey, who posts his magnet fishing exploits on YouTube, and two other men pulled 86 rockets, a tank tracer round and .50-caliber ammo from the river, according to Military Times.
The men said the items were in a Delta Airlines duffel bag.
The men were cited for recreating without a permit, entering a restricted area and unauthorized magnet detecting, according to WTOC-TV.
The charges were dismissed on Friday, Military Times reported.
“At first it was alright but then it took a turn for the worse a little later on when the game warden came out,” Nachtwey said last month after he was cited.
“We called the DNR before we went out to make sure we were all good to do it. And they’re like, ‘as long as you’re in a green zone, you’re all good.’ We looked on the map and we were in a green zone,” Nachtwey said.
On the day they were cited, all of their argument meant nothing, as shown in a video on Nachtwey’s YouTube.
“You’re all gettin’ tickets, you can come to court and talk to a judge, OK?” a Georgia Department of Natural Resources local game warden said. “The reason magnet fishing is not allowed is because of exactly what y’all got right there. You don’t know what’s going to blow up and not blow up.”
The Army estimates the items found date from the 1970s or 1980s.
“The lot numbers on the rockets gave us that time frame,” Kevin Larson, chief of public communications for Fort Stewart, said, according to Military Times.
The ordance appears to be from the 70s or 80s. https://t.co/UD8NllomGn
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“Unfortunately, we can’t determine who disposed of the ordnance improperly due to the age of the ordnance. Our Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit did secure the items found and disposed of them,” he said.
Larson said the Army will not be looking for more ordnance that might be lying around.
“We will not be searching for additional ordnance because we know we are an active training installation and having ordnance in the environment is a reality of preparing our units to answer the nation’s call,” he said.
Larson said because of the reality that unexploded ordnance exists, anyone who finds it must be careful.
“Because of this reality, we strongly emphasize people follow the 3 Rs — recognize, retreat, report — when coming across any ordnance they may find in the training area,” he said.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
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