WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A mysterious metal object discovered a few weeks ago off a Rhode Island beach has been removed and carted away in pieces.
Media tweets show a crew used an excavator Thursday on Westerly's East Beach to dig up the circular metal object.
The object puzzled beachgoers and had posed a hazard to swimmers. All that could be seen until its removal were several metal legs and concrete. Taylor Swift's oceanfront mansion overlooks the beach.
Oceanographers previously told a beach association that the object could be a device to monitor currents and sediment flow.
One Rhode Island lawmaker joked on Twitter that he hoped it wasn't a portal to hell .