Seaford beach reopened after sea mine scare

Seaford beach has reopened to the public following an investigation into what was thought to be a World War Two sea mine on the shore.

Emergency services were called to Splash Point on Saturday afternoon (July 30) after a group of children uncovered the object while playing in the sand.

Seaford beach 31-7-16 - bottom part of german sea mine. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-155558001

Seaford beach 31-7-16 - bottom part of german sea mine. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-155558001

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams were called in and Sussex Police cordoned off an area of seafront to ensure public safety.

Due to the nature of the tide, bomb disposal experts were unable to get close enough to the suspected explosive until Sunday (July 31).

Once able to do so, they dug around the item and were able to establish it was only the bottom plate from a German mine, and so posed no danger.

The situation was declared safe, the cordon removed and all emergency services stood down.

Emergency services at Seaford beach. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-155253001

Emergency services at Seaford beach. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-155253001

Sussex Police thanked the public for their understanding while the cordon was in place.

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Emergency services at Seaford beach. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-155242001

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Seaford beach 31-7-16 - bottom part of german sea mine - pictured is the hydrostatic fuse. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-155547001

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