Mebane man discusses his passion for metal detecting


NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — One man’s trash is Bradley Dixon’s treasure.

Searching for unknown things has been a life long passion of his, starting where he grew up in Mebane. This passion eventually led him to North Topsail Beach.

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“I’ve always tried to find things,” Dixon said.  “I would always look for arrowheads even when we came to the beach here, sharks’ teeth, if something was lost I would try to find it.

Hurricane Florence changed the beach dynamic.

“It left a layer of sand that was probably original to the beach in the 1940s,” Dixon said.

He started finding 1940s coins and WWII ammunition. Beach renourishment has buried a great deal of the potential findings far too deep for a metal detector to uncover, but that won’t stop him from trying.

“I’m just trying to save history,” Dixon said.