20, 2015 Video:
Army detonates wartime explosive after angler catches bomb
discovery of a live wartime artillery shell on Brean beach caused
part of the village to be sealed off by police on Monday - and
this was the moment that the device was detonated by army bomb
Beach angler Barish Odemis told Burnham-On-Sea.com how his fishing
line had come across the live device.
"I'd been fishing from the beach when my line got tangled
up on what I thought was just a rock initially," he said.
"I tried to pull it free, then noticed that in fact it was
"I quickly realised that it looked like an old wartime artillery
shell so I took it up the beach to a safe place, away from other
people, before I called the police and Coastguard."
pictured right, then sent several photos of the object
to the police for them to assess whether it was a danger to others.
"They agreed that it was suspicious and an army bomb disposal
team was called to deal with it," he added.
Police sealed off a large area around Brean Village Hall and
even evacuated several homes as a safety precaution.
Two soldiers from the Royal Logistics Cops Bomb Disposal team
arrived soon after and took the device down the beach where it
was buried in sand and then safely detonated by remote control.
Eyewitnesses said a brief flash of flame was seen as the device
exploded with a loud popping sound as smoke rose into the air.
Part of Warren Road in the village was closed to traffic, with
motorists being diverted away from the area as a precaution for
several hours as police dealt with the incident.
Police and other emergency services were at the scene for several
hours before the explosive was safely detonated.
It's not the first such incident to have occurred in recent years
- several wartime ordnance devices have been safely removed after
being found in the mud and sand at nearby Burnham and Brean.
Pictured: The scenes in Brean on Monday afternoon during the
incident - photos: Burnham-On-Sea.com & Chris Bull
live pictures See live images of the seafront and beach with
in Burnham! Support local traders by shopping in town -
see our A-Z index of businesses.Click
to see and do Check the constantly updated Burnham-On-Sea.com
calendar for what's happening. Click