A controlled explosion has been carried out on UXO that washed up on a beach at Aberdeen. Thought to be a WWII-era land mine, the ordnance was destroyed in situ by personnel of No 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Regiment after the area was cordoned off yesterday afternoon.
Many of the beaches along the Scottish coast were mined as a defensive measure during WWII and, whilst the majority of mines were removed once the threat of German invasion had receded, such devices are still occasionally found. Others were washed into the sea during storms at the time and subsequently deposited further along the coast.
The clearance of Britain’s beach minefields continued for more than a decade after WWII, with major EOD operations continuing into the 1950s in areas that were once heavily-defended.
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