A SUSPECTED bomb which washed up on Perranporth beach sparked an evacuation and four-hour disposal operation.
Walkers spotted a 6ft by 3ft rusty cylinder near Flat Rock at 11.30am on Friday. It appeared to be hissing, with valves emitting gas at each end.
Fearing it may be an explosive device police, coastguards and fire crews were called to the scene, along with a Royal Navy bomb disposal unit.
A 100m radius surrounding the cylinder was cordoned off, including the Watering Hole bar where customers and staff were evacuated.
Bar manager Jason Halford said the cylinder turned out to be a harmless water tank, adding: "We had to evacuate the premises; it was out of season, so we were quiet. The bomb squad came from Falmouth where they had been dealing with a real mine, you can't take any chances."
The area was eventually reopened at 4.20pm and the tank removed by Cornwall Council's waste team.