Swanage beach closed by WW2 grenade find

  • 3 July 2014
  • From the section Dorset
Beach and Shore Road, Swanage
Image caption The Swanage beachfront is usually popular with visitors in July

A popular beach was cordoned off after World War Two grenades were discovered at a nearby building site.

Dorset Police closed the Swanage beachfront from the beach office to the first groyne and Rempstone Road and Demoulham Road, for several hours.

Army disposal experts were called to the site on Shore Road to make the area safe. The cordon has since been lifted.

Beach goers were warned by police to stay away during the operation. No residential properties were evacuated.

Police said they were self igniting phosphorus grenades, or SIPs.

The milk bottle-sized explosives were issued to the Home Guard during the war so volunteers could throw them at invading Nazi troops and tanks.

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