The bomb squad was called to Exmouth beach after an object thought to be an explosive was spotted near Orcombe Point.
The Royal Navy Bomb Disposal team, based at Davenport, was tasked from Plymouth on Wednesday lunchtime (January 5) after a ‘possible ordnance’ was reported on Exmouth beach.
The bomb squad assessed the object, found it to be non-explosive, and removed it from the beach so it would not cause further uncertainty or call-outs.
Coastguard teams from Exmouth and Beer were tasked to the scene and set up a cordoned-off area of beach at Orcombe Point.
The barrier was lifted to the public once it was determined the object was not an explosive.
The Royal Navy Southern Diving Unit (SDU1) was called to Exmouth at around 1pm after an ‘item’ was found on the beach.
A Royal Navy spokesperson said: “SDU1 were called to support the Maritime and Coastguard Agency after an item of possible ordnance was discovered on Exmouth beach.
“Prior to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team’s arrival, the area was cordoned off as a precaution.
“On arrival of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team the item was assessed as non-explosive and removed from scene to prevent further misidentification.”
A Beer Coastguard Rescue spokesperson said: “We were tasked to assist Exmouth Coastguard and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team with possible ordnance on the beach.
“We set up a cordon and waited for the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team to arrive.
“Once on scene they soon confirmed that the object was not ordnance and we lifted the cordon allowing beach-users to walk around Orcombe Point.