Controlled Explosion for UXO Found on Southend Beach

An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team carried out a controlled explosion after the discovery of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) at Chalkwell Beach in Southend-on-Sea.

A bait digger uncovered two unexploded shells resulting in a Police security cordon being put in place. When the EOD team arrived, a third shell was found. They were all rendered safe in situ.

UXO is regularly washed up on this stretch of beach, a location in proximity to the historic firing ranges at Shoeburyness and on one of the main flight paths taken by the Luftwaffe on their way to London in World War Two.