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Unexploded bomb found on Studland beach
4:35pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
STUDLAND beach has re-opened after it was evacuated following reports an unexploded device was found.
Dorset Police received a call from the National Trust at around 8.50am this morning, reporting a suspicious metal object, believed to be an unexploded mortar shell, located at Middle Beach on Studland.
Officers attended and liaised with a National Trust warden, and a 300m cordon has been put in place.
The device is 15-inches in length and 4-inches in diameter. Officers are currently at the scene with an EOD team who are assessing the object before they carry out a controlled explosion.
National Trust spokesman Jon Bish said Middle Beach was closed from early in the morning after a man with a metal detector turned up the rusty shell, suspected to be a Second World War piece of ordnance.
“The Royal Army Ordnance Corps came down and carried out a controlled explosion and there was a small puff of smoke,” he said.
Visitors watched the drama from behind a cordon and the beach was re-opened around 2pm.
It is not unusual for armaments from the Second World War to be washed up on the beach, which was used to practice the D-Day landings.
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