WWII mine found on beach

Western Telegraph: BIG BANG THEORY: Bomb disposal crews visited Watwick Beach after a suspected mine was discovered.PICTURE: Gareth Reynolds BIG BANG THEORY: Bomb disposal crews visited Watwick Beach after a suspected mine was discovered.PICTURE: Gareth Reynolds

THE discovery of a suspected bomb at Watwick Bay, near Dale, on Saturday ( February 15) led to the beach being cordoned off by police.

Surfer Ryan Sheppard, from Milford Haven, had been making the most of the first sunny day all week when he and his friend Gareth Reynolds discovered two suspicious objects on the beach.

Worried they could potentially be bombs or mines, the pair called emergency services.

The area was soon cordoned off, while police and coastguard crews waited for bomb disposal experts to arrive.

A controlled explosion of one of the items was carried out by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) early on Sunday morning, covering the beach in shrapnel.

A spokesman for the coastguard said the detonated object is thought to have been a Mark XIX anti-ship mine, used in the Second World War.

He added that the other object was most likely a mooring buoy from a warship.

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