A Royal Navy bomb disposal team attended the scene at Sandgate beach on Sunday evening after walkers discovered the washed up shell which they believe originated from World War II. Unfortunately, the incoming tide prevented them from carrying out a controlled explosion and so the area was secured by Folkstone Coast Guard and Kent Police until the tide went back out. The team returned in the early hours of Monday morning and safely destroyed the shell at 5am.
This was actually the second time the Royal Navy’s bomb disposal team was dispatched this past weekend. On the same day the shell was found another team responded to a call from Kingsbridge Police in Torquay after two French tourists discovered a rusting conical shaped object washed up on the beach. The Royal Navy team determined that it was in fact an old gas cylinder but praised their tourists for the vigilance nonetheless.