July 17, 2020 2.36 pm This story is over 40 months old

Two controlled explosions of old bomb found on Lincolnshire beach

They had to detonate it twice

Two controlled explosions were carried out after a live practice bomb was found on a Lincolnshire beach.

HM Coastguard Donna Nook Rescue Team was called out by the Humber Coastguard after a man found a practice bomb on the beach at Saltfleet.

An X-ray of the device showed that it was live and contained explosives.

With the man’s help it was relocated and the Bomb Disposal unit sent a team to carry out a controlled explosion.

The first detonation didn’t completely destroy the explosive core of the device, which some times happens with older devices.

A further detonation was carried out to make the device 100% safe.

The team said it has noticed a marked increase in call-outs since lockdown was eased and were soon on another job.

The team assisted Cleethorpes Coastguard and RNLI lifeboat teams from Cleethorpes and Mablethorpe at Horseshoe Point, where a group of people were cut off by the tide.

Three adults, two children and three dogs were quickly located and taken to safety by lifeboat.

HM Coastguard Donna Nook Rescue Team said: “We have seen an increase in new visitors to the more remote beaches on the Lincolnshire Coast.

“These are great places to visit but we urge visitors who aren’t familiar with the area to take note of warning signs displayed in many of the car parks and also to find out what time high tide is.”