Army carries out controlled explosion on Brean beach
Army bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion on
Brean beach on Monday afternoon (June 8th).
cordoned off a large section of the beach near Brean Down after
a live flare was washed up on the sands in a "volatile state".
Beach Warden had initially alerted the Coastguards, who sent several
photos of the device to the Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal
team in Salisbury.
quickly became apparent that the device was in an unstable condition
- it was an old flare that was ten years out of date and had been
in the sea a long time," Coastguard Officer Ian Jefferies
Army bomb disposal team travelled over from Salisbury to remove
it and because it was in such a volatile state they decided it
would be safest to perform a controlled explosion on the beach."
and Coastguards cleared the area around the scene as the controlled
explosion was carried out mid-afternoon, as pictured here.
added: "Old flares like this are potentially very dangerous
- they are explosives and should not be handled."
advice is never to touch them, but to stay away and let the Coastguards
deal with them."
is the third time this year that flares have been washed up on