beach cordoned off after 15lb WW2 shrapnel shell is found
of Brean beach was cordoned off by Police after a suspected wartime
explosive was found in the sand last night (Saturday).
and Police were initially called to the road entrance to Brean beach
at 7pm on Saturday evening when the metallic device was uncovered.
The beach warden raised the alarm after spotting it in the sand.
taped off a 100-metre area around the object and then cleared the
area with the the help of Coastguards to keep walkers away.
of the object were sent to the Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal
(EOD), who said they would need to visit the site at first daylight
on Sunday morning to examine it further.
from BARB Search & Rescue and Burnham Coastguard kept the safety
cordon in place around the device overnight.
Army's EOD team then arrived at around 8.30am this morning (Sunday)
to safely remove the device, which was confirmed as a 15lb wartime
British shrapnel shell.
Coastguard Officer Ian Jefferies told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
call initially came in from the beach warden when he found the device
during a litter-pick."
recognised it as a suspicious, potentially dangerous item and immediately
sent a photo to EOD and they confirmed that it needed closer inspection.
We maintained a safety cordon through the night with the help of
BARB's crewmembers - a big thank you goes to them for their help."
EOD team arrived soon at 8.30am and safely removed the device after
finding it was a second world war 15lb shrapnel shell with the top
detonator no longer attached."
cordon was lifted and the beach was fully opened to visitors."
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