A BOMB was detonated under controlled conditions on a Cornish beach earlier today after it was washed up by recent storms.
The World War I device was discovered at Watergate Bay several days ago, but conditions had not been right for bomb disposal experts to blow it up.
It was finally detonated with a loud bang and plume of sand this morning, as our video footage shows.
Newquay police inspector Dave Meredith, who recorded the video, said: “The bomb had been exposed because of the storms. It must have been under the sand for some time. I’m told it’s a World War I British air drop bomb.”
The device is the latest in a string to have washed up on beaches in the South West over the last week.
Members of the public stumbled on others in Braunton, Devon, Minehead in Somerset and in Dorset at the weekend.
Police are advising members of the public not to approach any suspicious objects.
Sgt Lee Henderson said: “The ferocious seas and weather are thought to be responsible for uncovering or washing up these shells and there is clearly the potential for further bad weather to unearth more.
“We are asking members of the public when out walking to be mindful that these devices are potentially still very dangerous and not to approach or touch them but to call police immediately on 999.”