Controlled explosion carried out on ordnance discovered at Western Undercliff

Bomb disposal and Margate Coastguard were at the scene Photo HM Coastguard Margate

An Army bomb disposal team has carried out a controlled explosion of an ordnance discovered at the Western Undercliff beach in Ramsgate yesterday (May 31).

Two shells were found by a member of the public yesterday lunchtime but they were covered by the tide before the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team could deal with them.

Photo HM Coastguard Margate

Margate Coastguard has been overseeing the site and secured a 50 metre exclusion zone at the artificial beach this morning.

The Royal Logistic Corps explosive disposal team was retasked to the site today (June 1) to carry out a controlled explosion.

Photo HM Coastguard Margate

A spokesperson for Margate Coastguard said: “Ordnance on the beach at the Western Undercliff was discovered by a member of the public yesterday lunchtime. It was covered by the tide before EOD/Bomb Disposal could attend.

Photo HM Coastguard Margate

“EOD was retasked this morning and they moved two shells to the end of the bay and carried out a controlled explosion to make it safe.”

An Army spokesperson added: “A bomb disposal team were called to Ramsgate to deal with two pieces of ordnance that were discovered: 1 x 40Lb and 1 x 9Lb shell that were destroyed on site by controlled explosion.”

Exclusion zone at Western Undercliff after suspected ordnance discovery

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  1. i have found lots of shells on the beach – i did not know they were dangerous ? cockle shells , winkle shells

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