Bomb disposal experts have removed an object discovered by a member of the public on Exmouth beach on Wednesday morning after it was found to be non-explosive.
The Royal Navy (RN) Bomb Squad arrived in Exmouth at midday, on May 27, after a member of the public with a metal detector raised the alarm and reported finding an ‘unidentifiable’ object to police at around 9.30am.
Police removed an earlier beach cordon after the Navy team was satisfied the object was not explosive, and a false alarm, removing it from the beach.
Officers had closed off an area of the beach close to the Coastwatch tower, on Exmouth seafront, until the RN bomb squad arrived from Plymouth.
The Maritime and Coastwatch Agency (MCA) said it was made aware of the 999 call shortly before 11.30am, but had not been involved any further because the object had been discovered above high water.
An MCA spokeswoman said: “HM Coastguard received a report at 11.17am today, May 27, of a potential ordnance on Exmouth beach.
“An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team confirmed that the object was not an ordnance and safely removed it from the beach.”
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Assessments by the Royal Navy EOD team have determined the object to be some sort of mechanical device and not explosive.
“The cordon was removed just before midday.”
Eyewitness Lewis Stoner took these photos and video, showing Royal Navy bomb experts examining the object, and the police cordon being removed.
PHOTOS & VIDEO: Bomb squad called and Exmouth beach cordoned-off after ‘unidentifiable object’ is uncovered