World War Two grenade found on beach by man with metal detector

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A man with a metal detector came upon and unusual find while out on Brean Beach – a World War Two grenade.

The man called police after he discovered the explosive while out on the sand at around 2.45pm yesterday (Tuesday).

Police attended and put a cordon around the grenade and took a picture of it to send to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit for verification.

However due to the fast incoming tide the location of the grenade was quickly covered over.

Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team was also called to the find.

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(Image: Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team)

A coastguard team spokesman said: “From the photo we received, it looks very much like a small shrapnel bomb that we were tasked to last year.

“The original report had gone to the police so they were on scene and had requested the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

“However, the tide was coming in fast and within a short amount of time the item was covered by the advancing water but not before we managed to get a reference point for it so we can venture back when the tide has receded to ensure it isn’t a danger to anyone.”

Beach wardens are expected to return to the site today and will notify police and the EOD if the device is still there.

Emergency teams are urging people who discover explosive ordnance along the coast to call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

People are advised not to handle the object and instead make a note of its location and move to a safe location.

The spokesman added: “If there is any beach wardens or lifeguards on duty then report it to them and warn others to stay away.

“The devices have been buried for some time and could become unstable and hazardous so please don’t risk your safety by moving it.”

A police spokesman said: “We were called at 2.45pm yesterday (Tuesday 21 July) after a suspected WW2 grenade was found by a metal detectorist on Brean beach.

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“A small cordon was put in place and a photograph of the device was sent off to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit for verification.

“The area was covered when the tide came in so the beach warden is due to attend again today to the same spot and will notify police and the EOD should the suspected device still be there.”

The find comes just days after a after an old hand grenade was found on Clevedon beach.

Police set up a 100m cordon around the beach as a precaution following the discovery on July 14 and alerted the explosive ordinance disposal team (EOD).

The public were warned to keep a safe distance away from the beach while the bomb disposal The device was successful detonated the following day.

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