Experts blow up WW2 grenade on Gunton Cliff beach

Police cordon over beach structure Image copyright Pc Lee Johnson/Twitter
Image caption The WWII hand grenade was found by a member of the public earlier

A World War II hand grenade has been destroyed in a controlled explosion, police have said.

A bomb disposal team from RAF Wittering blew up the device after it was discovered on the beach at Gunton Cliff, Lowestoft, Suffolk.

The beach has been re-opened after it was sealed off when the explosive was unearthed by a metal detectorist, at about 05:30 BST.

A police spokesman said experts carried out the explosion "at the scene".

"Ordnance being washed up on the beach is not unheard of," he said.

Image copyright Lowestoft Police/Twitter
Image caption Lowestoft Police tweeted that the beach was closed to visitors while the incident was being dealt with

A spokesman from RAF Wittering, in Cambridgeshire, said the device was a Mills grenade, "commonly known as a pineapple bomb".

No other explosives were believed to have been found at the site.

The explosion was carried out just after 11:00 BST and the squad left just before midday.

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