Submerged device prompts evacuations in Kemah

What is possibly a World War II prop shell is pulled from the water of the Kemah marina Wednesday night.

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KEMAH — The Kemah Boardwalk Marina was evacuated Wednesday after a low tide revealed a piece of equipment that some people thought looked like a bomb, authorities said.

“It’s some type of old device that was seen due to the low tide,” Kemah Police Chief Greg Rikard said.

Rikard said Kemah’s fire chief said the device looked like a bomb, so the city decided to take precautionary measures. No residential areas were affected, but the marina, 555 Bradford St., was evacuated. 

“I had an officer describe it as a bomb that came off of an airplane,” he said.

A bomb technician and federal agencies were on the scene Wednesday evening, Rikard said. 

“The tide is starting to rise, so we have an underwater camera that we are going to use to look at the device,” Rikard said. 

A Kemah Boardwalk spokeswoman said that while the marina had been evacuated, the rest of the boardwalk remained open. 

What authorities believed was a bomb was likely a World War II prop, Rikard said.

The possible imitation bomb had two holes drilled in it and was lightweight. 

Rikard said he was not sure how it ended up in the marina but that it could have been washed in during Hurricane Ike or before the storm.

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or


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