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In 1934, the state constructed a new mine at Kure Beach. A Bromine mine, it was located on the ocean and the minerals were extracted from the waters for eleven years. The mine was purchased by private business that combined the bromine production technique with a Texas magnesium facility. In 1946, operations at the mine ceased and the company destroyed the facilities in the 1950s.
Completed in 1934 and opened on 1 January 1935, the bromine plant, located in Kure Beach, was the first and only of its kind. Bromine, a natural, non-metallic element known to reduce engine \"knock\" when added to gasoline, was harvested from local waters for eleven years before the plant closed, shifting operations to Texas.