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Alert as German 'egg' grenade discovered on spit





Royal Navy bomb disposal from Portsmouth confirmed the object was a German grenade (Photo: Lymington Coastguard)
Royal Navy bomb disposal from Portsmouth confirmed the object was a German grenade (Photo: Lymington Coastguard)

BOMB disposal experts rushed to Calshot Spit following the discovery of a German hand grenade which could have dated back to the First World War.

The alarm was raised around 2pm last Friday by a person from the Calshot Activities Centre who had found a suspected piece of ordnance just below the high water mark on the spit.

Colloquially known as egg bombs, German M17 grenades date back to the First World War
Colloquially known as egg bombs, German M17 grenades date back to the First World War

A Lymington coastguard rescue team was first to arrive and set up a 100-metre exclusion zone around the device while awaiting the Portsmouth-based Royal Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) squad.

On arrival, the experts identified the object as an M17 grenade – colloquially known as an egg bomb – which was used by German forces during both world wars.

Although examination confirmed explosives were still present in the grenade, a Lymington Coastguard spokesperson said the EOD team deemed it safe and took it away without a controlled detonation.

“It had deteriorated some much it was inert,” the spokesperson explained.

The matter was dealt with by 3.30pm.

People who find any suspicious-looking objects along the coastline are urged not to touch them but alert the coastguard immediately by dialling 999.



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