Dorset

Bomb team detonates Studland beach device

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Media captionThe device was found washed up on the beach by dog walkers (footage courtesy of Swanage Coastguard)

A controlled explosion has taken place on a beach in Dorset after a device was found washed up.

Dog walkers discovered the device, with "Danger. Ne Pas Toucher" written on it, at about 09:00 GMT on Sunday at the Knoll end of Studland Beach.

The area was cordoned off and it was destroyed in a controlled explosion by Royal Navy experts.

The navy said it was a submarine marker signal which contained remnants of "very dangerous" red phosphorous.

The device had a warning on it in French not to touch it but to alert the coastguard or police.

HM Coastguard said a naval explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team assessed the object before blowing it up on the beach at about 15:00.

A Royal Navy spokesman said the device was used to let off flares in the water.

"Although it was mostly expensed, it still contained remnants of red phosphorous, which is considered very dangerous, so the decision was made to blow it up in situ," he said.

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Image caption The device was found washed up on the National Trust's Knoll Beach
Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Part of the beach was cordoned off following the find

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