Emergency services called as explosive torpedo found near beach

PUBLISHED: 18:14 29 January 2017 | UPDATED: 18:14 29 January 2017

The device was found yesterday (Saturday). Picture: Burnham Coastguard Team.

The device was found yesterday (Saturday). Picture: Burnham Coastguard Team.

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A suspected explosive World War Two device has been blown up this afternoon (Sunday) nea Sand Bay beach in Weston-super-Mare.

The device was found yesterday (Saturday). Picture: Burnham Coastguard Team.The device was found yesterday (Saturday). Picture: Burnham Coastguard Team.

The item was discovered yesterday lunchtime (Saturday) and a 1.5km safety cordon was put in place by emergency services.

The incoming tide meant the controlled explosion had to take place today instead, led by the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Unit.

The device was found yesterday (Saturday). Picture: Burnham Coastguard Team.The device was found yesterday (Saturday). Picture: Burnham Coastguard Team.

Coastguard teams from Burnham-on-Sea, Clevedon and Weston all were involved in the operation.

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