An anti-tank mine found by children on Slapton Sands in Devon has been destroyed in a controlled explosion. The children found the upturned item washed up on the beach after stormy weather and their family alerted the Coastguard, who called in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team.
The EOD team decided to safely destroy the device in situ. A few days later and a second mine was discovered on the beach and was also detonated in a controlled explosion by military EOD.
Slapton Sands was the site of a major World War Two military training exercise, ‘Exercise Tiger’, carried out in April 1944 in preparation for the D-Day landings. Communication issues during the exercise resulted in more than 700 friendly fire deaths of American troops.