Royal Navy bomb disposal team detonates WW2 hand grenade on Hampshire beach

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A live World War Two hand grenade was discovered on the shore by a beachcomber looking for glass bottles.

Coastguards were alerted after the man stumbled upon the unexploded device half-buried at the high-water mark in Lymington.

Picture: Lymington Coastguard

Picture: Lymington Coastguard

After close inspection they called in the Royal Navy’s Portsmouth-based bomb disposal team, who set up an exclusion zone and detonated the grenade in a controlled explosion.

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The explosive was identified as a hand grenade that dates back to the Second World War, and was described as ‘live and unstable’.

Beachcombers have now been warned to take care when scouring the coastline.

The hand grenade

The hand grenade

A Lymington Coastguard spokesperson said: ‘It was quite unusual as it was not the stereotypical pineapple shape with the external pin, so it’s not so easy to identify as a grenade but fortunately this person did.

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‘Although this type of ordnance is quite rare in this area, we would warn beachcombers to be alert.’