An unexploded shell has been disposed of on Hunstanton beach in Norfolk by an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team. The device – thought to have been phosphorus-filled – was exposed at low tide near the cliff face, requiring the Coastguard to cordon off the beach.
The EOD team destroyed the device in a controlled explosion and the beach was re-opened.
The Wash and its adjacent coastline were extensively used for firing practice during WWII and there was an Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AAA) range at Hunstanton itself. This activity has led to frequent UXO finds along the region’s beaches.