Somerset

Weston-super-Mare 'WW2 device' detonated in controlled explosion

Weston-super-Mare, Somerset Image copyright Burnham Rescue Team
Image caption A 1,500m exclusion zone was put in place and residents were advised to stay in doors

A suspected World War Two device found on a beach in Somerset has been blown up in a controlled explosion.

Believed to be a Spigot mortar, it was spotted near Weston-super-Mare after it was exposed at low tide on Saturday.

The discovery resulted in a 4,900ft (1,500m) exclusion zone being put in place and residents being advised to stay in doors.

A controlled blast was carried out by the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Unit on Sunday afternoon.

Image copyright Burnham Rescue Team
Image caption The device - believed to be a 180kg Spigot Mortar - was blown up in a controlled explosion by the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Unit

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