Bomb disposal carries out controlled explosion after shells found on Hornsea beach


June 12, 2017

A bomb disposal unit has carried out a controlled explosion after old shells were found on Hornsea Beach.

The local coastguard said they were called out on Sunday to reports of possible ordnance, which was found by a member of the public in the southern part of the beach.

A cordon was put in place, while officers from the Royal Navy attended.

The unexploded device was actually covered by a high tide overnight, with the coastguard unit returning on Monday when it was exposed to the public once again.

It was later removed to a “safe location” to be destroyed.

Unexploded shells are a common find along the east coast, many of them believed to date back to World War Two naval attacks.

Writing on their Facebook page, the Coastguard team said: “The Hornsea Coastguard Rescue Team were paged by Humber CGOC to a report of possible ordnance on Hornsea South Beach.

“The Hornsea Coastguard Team responded to the scene and were able to locate the object.

“Photographs and a grid reference were obtained and forwarded on to Humber CGOC.

“The Hornsea team set up a cordon around the item while Humber CGOC sent the details on to Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) experts.

“Royal Navy EOD officers confirmed they would be attending the scene but due to the time of arrival the object would be under water upon arrival. The Hornsea team maintained the cordon until the item was covered by high water and posed no further danger to members of the public.

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Source: Hull Daily Mail