Bomb exploded on Exmouth beach

PUBLISHED: 07:49 08 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:33 08 March 2018

A Royal Navy disposal team on Exmouth Beach. Picture: Aaron Sherman

A Royal Navy disposal team on Exmouth Beach. Picture: Aaron Sherman


The Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team detonated a mortar on Exmouth beach last night (Wednesday, March 7).

A ‘potentially unstable’ bomb was detonated on Exmouth beach last night (Wednesday, March 7).

The Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team was called to deal with a 15mm shell at around 6pm.

According to Devon and Cornwall Police the device is believed to have been handed in to Heavitree Road Police Station, in Exeter.

The device was taken to Shelley Beach, near the docks, where a controlled detonation took place.

A spokesman for the Royal Navy said: “It did have some explosives in it so it was decided immediately it needed to be taken to the nearest beach for detonation.”

Exmouth Coastguard was also tasked to attend The Imperial Recreation Ground while the detonation took place in the estuary mud flats.

Posting on social media, a spokesman for the Exmouth Coastguard said: “It was heard and vibrated a few buildings around Exmouth as far up as Woodbury common and beyond.

“It just goes to show how lethal unexploded ordnance can be.”

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