EOD Respond to Artillery Shell Which Had 'Seen Better Days'
Cumbria, United Kingdom British Army EOD and teams from Whitehaven and Maryport Coastguard responded to St. Bees Beach after a report of a potential UXO. The ordnance, identified as a 105 mm artillery shell, prompted a cordon in the area as EOD disposed of the item in place.
A spokesman for the Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team issued a statement commending citizens for their patience, "Thanks again to the understanding members of the public at St Bees for waiting patiently while we kept a cordon in place to allow the Army EOD to do their work to make the beach safe. What we had was, we're told, a 105 artillery shell, which, as you can see by the photographs had seen better days however was still potentially dangerous. Thanks to Maryport Coastguard Rescue Team for your assistance, to the first informant from St Bees RNLI and to Hartley's Beach Shop and Tea Rooms the previous day for your hospitality!"