Bomb disposal teams handle explosion at Birling Gap
Bomb disposal teams were called to Birling Gap yesterday (Tuesday, March 22) after a possible World War Two explosive was found on the beach.
The object, which is thought to be a WWII shell, was found on Monday (March 21) by a member of the public, who alerted the Birling Gap Coastguard.
The coastguard photographed the shell, which was badly corroded and therefore had no identification marks, and sent the images to Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) for clarification.
Due to high tide, EOD experts said they would attend the beach the following day.
On Tuesday, Birling Gap Coastguard cleared the beach area and members of the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal team took the shell into the water for detonation.
The controlled explosion took place around 4.30pm and the beach was reopened shortly after 5pm.
Photographs taken by Alan Fraser.
Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.
Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.
1) Make our website your homepage
2) Like our Facebook page
3) Follow us on Twitter
4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.
And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!
Always the first with your local news.
Be part of it.