Controlled explosion of Second World War hand grenade on beach

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 August 2018

The discovery was made in Berrow. Picture: Sedgemoor District Council

The discovery was made in Berrow. Picture: Sedgemoor District Council

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An ordnance dating back to World War Two was detonated on Berrow beach on Monday.

The discovery was made in Berrow. Picture: Sedgemoor District CouncilThe discovery was made in Berrow. Picture: Sedgemoor District Council

The grenade was found in a garden and a controlled explosion took place on the beach, which was cordoned off by police, at 3.40pm.

Also discovered were 22 M42 armor-piercing rounds and a toy gun.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said: “We were called by a member of the public following the discovery of a hand grenade believed to be from the Second World War.

“The explosive ordnance disposal team was in attendance to carry out a controlled explosion.”

A spokesman for Sedgemoor District Council, which owns Berrow beach, added: “We worked with bomb disposal experts to ensure people were safe when the bomb was detonated.

“We were on standby to set up a rest centre if houses needed to be evacuated.

“We also supplied 100 sand bags for the disposal team.”

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