Bomb disposal squad explodes wartime shell on beach

Picture shows the moment Royal Navy bomb disposal experts exploded an old shell. Picture: Michaela Cooke
Picture shows the moment Royal Navy bomb disposal experts exploded an old shell. Picture: Michaela Cooke

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THESE pictures show the moment Royal Navy bomb disposal experts exploded an old shell.

Michaela Cooke, 45, was with her family when she saw the controlled explosion at West Wittering beach.

She said: ‘It was all very controlled, an amazing thing to see.

‘It probably went up about 15ft in the air.

‘It was quite loud, they put a sandbag over the top of the shell just like you see on the telly.’

Michaela, from Chichester, was with her husband Tom, 39, and sons Mackenzie, eight, and Sam, six.

She was also with her nieces Jessie Lees, 19, Holly Lees, 10 and Cameron Lees, eight.

Michaela added: ‘We’d just walked over it about half an hour before.

‘It was the last thing you expect to see, it was quite a spectacle.’

As reported yesterday, the shell was found washed up on Sunday at East Head 
and Michaela’s family watched the explosion from the car park.