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Second World War shell blown up at Hengistbury Head



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A SECOND World War shell was blown up after being discovered on the beach at Hengistbury Head, near Christchurch.

An army explosive ordnance disposal team was sent (photo: Southbourne Coastguard)
An army explosive ordnance disposal team was sent (photo: Southbourne Coastguard)

Southbourne Coastguard cordoned off the area after responding to the find around 1.20pm yesterday (Tuesday) and identifying the 2lb projectile.

The detonation (photo: Southbourne Coastguard)
The detonation (photo: Southbourne Coastguard)

An army explosive ordnance disposal team was sent and, having deemed the device too damaged to transport, detonated it at the scene.

The shell (photo: Southbourne Coastguard)
The shell (photo: Southbourne Coastguard)

Those who find suspected ordnance or pyrotechnics on the beach should call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.



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