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25/09/2020

Two suspected anti-submarine devices found on the beach at St Thomas’ Head near Weston-super-Mare resulted in the temporary suspension of flights at Bristol Airport whilst an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was called to the scene.

 

The items were found by a beach walker who informed the Coastguard, but incoming tides prevented their identification until the following day when an EOD confirmed they were ordnance-related.

 

On attending the scene, it was determined that they were practice devices (probably sand or concrete-filled) but the decision was taken to destroy them in a controlled explosion.

 

The coastline at St Thomas’ Head was used as a practice gunnery range during World War Two and it is likely that the uncovered devices relate to training on the range during this period.

 

See: https://www.burnham-on-sea.com/news/torpedoes-found-in-beach-mud-are-safely-detonated-by-royal-navys-bomb-squad/