August 17, 2011
disposal team called to investigate wartime shell in Burnham
An army bomb disposal team was called to Burnham-On-Sea
on Wednesday evening (August 17th) after this World War 1 device
was brought to the town's Coastguard Station.
A team from the Royal Logistics Corps was called to The South
Esplanade when a member of the public handed in the device that
he had uncovered in his garden.
30 year-old man, who asked to remain anonymous, found the nine
inch long and three inch wide device while replacing a lawn.
He brought it to the Coastguard Station to ask for advice on
what to do with it.
Burnham Coastguard Officer Dave Welland told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We immediately alerted the police and, in turn, the Royal
Logistics Corps Bomb Disposal team were called to investigate."
Fortunately, the device turned out to be safe. Sgt Craig Lynch,
from the Tidworth-based army team, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
shell was a genuine World War 1 device that had the remains of
a fuse still intact but there was no explosive inside and it therefore
Pictured: The scenes on the seafront on Wednesday evening