The Newhaven Coastguard team were tasked to backup Birling Gap & Eastbourne Coastguard with Portsmouth Military Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) after a World War 2 Explosive Shell was found on the beach below the lay-by just East of the Belle Tout Lighthouse on 20th May 2019.
The Birling Gap & Eastbourne teams along with EOD had already been on site for several hours maintaining a safety cordon,
Some of the Newhaven team walked along the beach with the EOD team to relocate the Ordnance and to assist with communications and safety cover.
Once the tide allowed, explosives were fitted to the Ordnance and a controlled explosion took place destroying the item.
As the EOD team leader returned to the location to check all was safe one of the Coastguards sighted another item of Ordnance. This was checked by EOD but found to be safe.
We would like to thank the public for their patience while the road closure was in place.
If you see any items you are not sure of on the beach do not touch them. Move away from the item and dial 999 immediately. Ask for Coastguard.
Video and feature image courtesy of Newhaven Coastguard.