Anti-aircraft shells blown up on Essex beach

Explosive shells found by a bait digger on an Essex beach have been blown up in a controlled explosion.

Thames Coastguard received a 999 call from a bait digger reporting the discovery close to the low water mark at Westcliff on Sea on Tuesday morning.

Southend Coastguard identified the items as World War ll anti-aircraft ammunition before the sea covered them.

A bomb disposal team from Portsmouth located 23 items and conducted a controlled detonation to destroy them.

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