Bomb squad dispose of ‘dangerous’ device on Exmouth beach
PUBLISHED: 12:32 14 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:00 14 August 2017
The bomb disposal squad was called to Exmouth beach yesterday (Sunday) following the discovery of a ‘dangerous’ device by two teenagers.
Martin Freeland, station officer for Exmouth Coastguard, had been at the lifeboat station for its open day when he was approached by two boys carrying the item in a bucket.
The coastguard assessed the item and called in the Royal Navy bomb disposal squad from Plymouth to dispose of it.
A bomb disposal spokeswoman said the squad identified the item as a smoke grenade and transferred it to a safe area before blowing it up at 6.34pm.
Mr Freeland took the device to the Maer before placing a 100metre cordon. Police were also called to the scene.
He said; “It was so corroded it was hard to tell what it was, it was unlikely to be a grenade. It was dangerous and it had to be destroyed.
“It was inspected by the disposal people and it was destroyed on the beach.”
The station officer added that members of the public who discover anything unusual should leave it alone, move away and call 999.
Crystal Dyer, from Ottery, was out riding her horse when she approached by a police officer and told to vacate the area.
She captured the moment the bomb squad detonated the item.
Crystal said: “There was a large area taped off and full of police next to the big car park where the land train parks.
“We were riding our horses down onto the beach, then were approached by a police officer who asked us to vacate the area, or stand at a safe distance so that the bomb squad could detonate whatever it was.”
Beacher goers Laura Waddell and Cassian Tushingham also took videos of the controlled explosion.