Girl, 7, digs up 'WW2 bomb' on Norfolk beach

  • 18 April 2014
  • From the section Norfolk
Flames from a device found on Holkham beach
Image caption The device burst into flames when Judi Green prodded it with a garden fork

A suspected World War Two phosphorus bomb dug up by a seven-year-old girl on a Norfolk beach burst into flames when her mother prodded it with a fork.

May Archibald-Green, from Berkshire, was on holiday with her family when she found the device with her metal detector on Holkham beach on Thursday.

She said it "looked like a rock", and began to spark when her mother Judi Green prodded it with a garden fork.

Ms Green said police told her it sounded like a wartime phosphorus bomb.

The area has cordoned off and an Army bomb disposal unit is expected to make sure the device safe later.

Image caption May Archibald-Green found the device with her metal detector

"It was really sort of scary," said May.

"I didn't know that was going to happen."

Ms Green said: "May was just playing with the detector, she'd found tent pegs and a deckchair, then this thing started giving off really loud beeps so we dug around," said Ms Green.

"We had absolutely no idea it might be anything explosive.

"It looked like a big lump of charcoal with a smaller one next to it. I was just tapping it and it went off like a huge match being struck.

"We jumped back and it burnt for about 10 minutes."

She said Norfolk Police told her it "sounded like" a World War Two phosphorous bomb when she described it over the phone and told her a bomb disposal unit would deal with the device.

Image caption The coastguard has cordoned off the area

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