Puppy digs up 'grenade' on Burnham-On-Sea beach
Burnham-On-Sea beach walker got a shock when her puppy dug up
what initially appeared to be a wartime hand grenade on the town's
Milner Simonds was walking her dog near Burnham's beach lighthouse
on Friday afternoon when her inquisitive dog, Thatcher, made the
was walking our puppy when I got the shock of my life. She'd been
happily chasing her ball when she got distracted in amongst some
debris on the high water mark," said Beverley, who is a local
resident who organises Burnham's Food & Drink Festival.
most coastal areas we have had a lot of rough seas recently and
there was quite a mix of flotsam and jetsam."
went over to get the ball and saw what looked like a hand grenade
- which Thatcher was trying to dig up!"
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I reached down to pull her away
and saw the crack in the side and realised to my relief that it
was just a toy. For a split second though, I feared for my life."
scare was all the more real for Bev because she is a volunteer
Burnham Coastguard Rescue Officer and has previously been called
out to deal with incidents involving real explosives on local
Newey, Severn Sector Manager for HM Coastguard, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"A number of real ordnance devices have been uncovered on
beaches around the country in recent weeks following the storms,
so I'm relieved that this particular item turned out to be harmless."
would always advise beach users who find suspicious objects to
be cautious and dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. We never
mind getting called out if there are genuine concerns and people's
safety is at risk."
Top, Thatcher investigating the 'hand grenade', and above Sarah
and Bev Milner Simonds (Tom Campbell Photography)