Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Eighty-seven World War II bombs found on Calshot beach

Controlled explosion
Image caption The first devices were destroyed in controlled explosions on Wednesday

A total of eighty seven unexploded World War II bombs have been found on a Hampshire beach.

The mortars were exposed on Calshot beach by a combination of extremely low tides and high atmospheric pressure on Wednesday and Thursday.

Royal Navy bomb disposal expert Lt Cdr Al Nekrews said: "It's quite an unusual amount and scale of ordnance."

On Tuesday, six devices were washed up on the same beach and destroyed by bomb disposal experts.

The 87 mortars, measuring about 4ins by 20ins (10cm by 50cm) are being dealt with by a five-man team bomb disposal team from the Royal Navy's Southern Diving Unit 2.

The devices are being stacked 300 metres (980ft) offshore at low tide, marked, and then destroyed at high tide.

An 1,000m (3,280ft) exclusion zone has been set up around the site, between the coastwatch tower and the car park.

Lt Cdr Nekrews said; "We will continue to search until we are 100% sure it is clear - it's a bit of an endurance task."

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