Smoke grenade safely removed from Exmouth beach

16:18 05 February 2014

Police instigated a 30m exclusion zone around Exmouth

Police instigated a 30m exclusion zone around Exmouth's Harbour View cafe on the seafront as a Royal Navy bomb disposal team was called in to investigate an unexploded smoke grenade that was uncovered by the tide on Wednesday afternoon. The device was safely removed within a couple of hours. Photo: Paul Strange.

Archant

A MILITARY smoke grenade which caused a section of Exmouth beach to be cordoned off for more than two hours was removed by bomb disposal experts yesterday afternoon (Wednesday February 5).

A MILITARY smoke grenade - which caused a section of Exmouth beach to be cordoned off for more than two hours - was removed by bomb disposal experts yesterday afternoon (Wednesday February 5).

The device – around 20 years old and used in battle simulation exercises – was spotted earlier in the day while East Devon District Council staff were working on an ice cream hut damaged by that morning’s storms.

The coastguard was alerted, and a 30-metre exclusion zone was enforced while bomb disposal officers from the Royal Navy’s Southern Diving Unit One made their way to the scene.

Once there, officers extended the cordon to 60 metres, before confirming that the device was a smoke grenade of “relatively modern construction”.

The weathered canister was taken away for investigation and detonation, and the police cordon was lifted.

As his team left the scene, Lieutenant Pete Davis, officer in charge of Southern Dive Unit One in Devonport, Plymouth, said: “An item of ordnance was discovered by a member of the general public earlier today.

“It was uncovered by the current environmental conditions.

“It was a smoke grenade of relatively modern construction. These things can turn up in the seawater sometimes.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 14:08
Rolle College, Exmouth.  Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 9254-18-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Community volunteers have sealed a deal to reopen part of the mothballed Rolle campus for the Exmouth Festival.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00
A la Ronde Assistant House Steward James Weckmueller winds a Grandfather clock dating back to around 1820 which was made by David Whitelaw of Edinburgh. Every Sunday at noon during March visitors to the National Trust property can watch all the clocks in the house being wound and set. Ref exe 0537-12-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Visitors to A la Ronde this month have been watching the clocks at the National Trust house being wound and set.

Read more
Thu, 15:40
A rugby themed easter egg trail is taking place along the Exe Estuary

A special Easter egg hunt inspired by the Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off along the Exe Estuary Trail on Saturday, March 28.

Read more
Thu, 11:45
Ocean Blue. Ref exe 1212-33-14SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Leisure East Devon (LED) has announced it has agreed a 25-year lease to manage the Ocean Blue complex on Exmouth seafront.

Read more
Thu, 09:13
Topsham Devon Air Ambulance Trust is open for business again after a recent shop refurbishment. Cutting the ribbon is Tom Robertson, Chrissie Peel, Nigel Hare, Martin Bell and Sarah Woolfenden. Ref ext 1296-13-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

One of Topsham’s two Devon Air Ambulance shops held its grand re-opening on Saturday, March 21.

Read more
Wed, 15:11
Bus service cuts have been opposed by Budleigh Salterton Town Council.

Cuts to bus services in Budleigh Salterton could leave the town ‘cut off’ and affect its young people, representatives have warned.

Read more
Tue, 11:20
Exeter Crown Court.

An ambulance driver based in Exmouth has admitted driving on a forged licence. Eion Crowley, who was sacked from his job by managers, was given a two-year conditional discharge at Exeter Crown Court.

Read more
Tue, 09:32
Ref exe rolle college

Rolle College will almost certainly re-open in May, seven years after it was mothballed, and host the Exmouth Festival .

Read more
Tue, 09:09
Bassetts Farm primary school year four pupil Abbie Clarke arranged a fund raising cake sale event for Red Nose Day at school this week and is pictured with her classmate Poppy Rowsell who helped her out  Ref exe 9431-11-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A Brixington schoolgirl has raised £1,372.41 for the Red Nose Day appeal.

Read more
Mon, 14:51
Gun found in Littleham

An old sawn-off shotgun found in a garden in Littleham could have been used in a robbery, police said.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder