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Tentsmuir beach 'WWII bomb' detonated

Bomb disposal experts have blown up a suspected World War II shell which was found on a beach in Fife.

A member of the public discovered the object on the sands at Tentsmuir at about 14:00 on Wednesday.

The Royal Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team from Faslane was called to the scene, along with the St Andrews coastguard team.

It was detonated at 09:10 after the team's plan to blow it up on Wednesday was hampered by poor weather.

Forth Coastguard said a 50-metre cordon was initially set up around the suspected shell, which was found near Shanwell Farm near Tayport.

After the tide receded the EOD team took it to a point on the beach above the high water mark.

A 400-metre cordon was set up, but the experts were not able to detonate the object because the weather became foggy.

A coastguard team remained there overnight and the shell was detonated on Thursday.

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