beach sealed off after metal detector user finds WW1 ordnance
beach was cordoned off on Monday (July 31st) as a bomb disposal
team was called in to investigate the discovery of a piece of wartime
Coastguards were called out shortly after 10am after the find of
a WW1 Shrapnel Projectile on the sands.
spokesman said: "An ordnance was uncovered on Berrow beach
by someone using a metal detector - they'd found an interesting
item and started to clean it before realising that it could indeed
be a piece of historic military ordnance and still be dangerous
to be handled."
had then done the right thing and left the item alone, marked its
location, and notified the nearby RNLI lifeguards who quickly called
999 for the Coastguard."
arrival at the scene our Station Officer, who has several years
experience of dealing with such items in the military, looked at
the pictures that had been taken, and agreed that a safety cordon
should be maintained to keep the public away and further expert
added: "The local Police arrived soon after and agreed with
that action. Pictures of the device were sent to our control team
for them to send on to the Royal Logistics Corps Bomb Disposal unit
who were on their way to the scene."
with the Police, we maintained the cordon until the Army arrived
and, after inspecting the item, they decided it did not need to
destroyed in location but was safe for them to remove for future
this case it is thought that the find was the fuse section of a
WW1 Shrapnel Projectile. Shrapnel shells were anti-personnel artillery
munitions which carried a large number of individual bullets close
to the target and then ejected them to allow them to continue along
the shell's trajectory and strike the target individually."
rest of the shell had corroded away over the years in the sand,
leaving just the fuse and dozens of the ball like bullets."
really is better to be safe than sorry as thousads of historic items
are still left hidden on our beaches from the years that they were
used as training grounds for our military forces."
said: "Remember that ordnance comes in many different shapes
and sizes and so if you see something suspicious don't touch it,
pick it up or take it home."
it where it is, take photos or make notes about its size, what it
looks like and where it is so the experts in Explosive Ordnance
Disposal (EOD) can decide if it's safe or not, then dial 999 and
ask for the Coastguard or, if on a lifeguarded beach, contact one
of the RNLI lifeguards."