Two men discovered an Anti-Aircraft (AA) device on a beach at Leysdown-on-Sea, Kent. The item was discovered when one of the men accidentally kicked it whilst walking. In a slightly blase response one of the men commented: “I wasn’t worried – it has probably been there 72 years so I don’t think it would do anything now”.
There were extensive firing ranges at Leysdown during WWII. Bombing, gunnery and rocket practice took place just off the coast and items of UXO regularly wash up on the beaches in the area. Given the wide variety of ordnance that could be present in the area, it is advisable that any suspicious item is left alone and the Police informed.
Fortunately, despite not appearing overly concerned by the discovery of the device, the two men called the Police and they arranged for an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit to attend and dispose of the item.
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