An unexploded WWII shell found at a house in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, was detonated on the beach this morning. The item was discovered in a concrete bunker at the back of the property during renovation works. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team from Colchester was called in and took the shell to the local beach for destruction.
The Norfolk coast was heavily-defended during WWII and was considered a prime location for an enemy invasion. Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) is regularly found in the area and it is unclear whether this latest item results from a wartime storage facility or was brought to the house by a former occupant.
All such items should be treated with suspicion which is precisely what the owner of the property did, a wise move considering that the shell turned out to be live! The Police cordoned off the estate before handing over to the EOD team.