Live Grenade Presented to Charmouth Beach Staff "Silly"
10:38am 15th April 2014
(Updated 6:19am 16th April 2014)
Staff at Charmouth Beach Visitor Centre say they "were shocked" when someone brought them a live grenade.
A tourist found the old explosive, that's thought to date back to World War 2, on the beach yesterday afternoon (14th April).
It was presented to stunned staff at the Heritage Centre who'd been going about their daily business.
Senior Warden and Centre Manager Meryl Weights says it's was a bit silly to bring the live explosive into a building full of people;
"They found it on the beach and they didn't think it was a fossil or anything. They had an idea that it was something unusual and brought it up to the centre at about 12:30pm and it was identified as a grenade."
The Coastguard called out disposal experts who detonated the grenade on the beach.
Meryl told us it's the third grenade they've found washed up on the beach since the storms;
"Since we've had all the really bad storms in the winter we have had a couple of unexploded ordnance’s on the beach, but that was back in February. Because we have more people on the beach because of the Easter Holidays little things like this might crop up."
Rangers and the Coastguard regularly check the shore for any suspicious objects on a weekly basis all year round.
(Thanks to Bridport , Beaminster & Lyme Regis Safer Neighbourhood Teams for the pic)