Fears after yet another WWII bomb washes up on beach
Published 06/03/2012 | 05:27
Visitors to one of Northern Ireland's most popular beaches have been warned to be careful after an unexploded World War II bomb was washed up.
Benone beach has reopened after the Army carried out a controlled explosion on a bomb discovered by a member of the public on Sunday.
It was discovered lying near the water on the beach, which was evacuated along with part of the nearby Seacoast Road. The train line was also closed for a time as a precaution.
This was the second time in recent months that an unexploded bomb had washed up in the area.
After the end of WWII, huge quantities of munitions were dumped at sea in Beauforts Dyke in the Irish Sea between the Rhins of Galloway and Northern Ireland.
The Ministry of Defence estimates that more than a million tonnes of weapons were dumped in the long narrow trough — and now regularly make it to our shores.
Shackleton Aviation museum curator Norman Thorpe said there is no way to determine how many more devices could end up on the beach.
He said: “I am not surprised that a bomb has been washed up given the history of this area and its association with the American, Canadian and British forces.
“Anyone who is on the beach would do well to avoid any large metal object they come across as there would be every possibility it could turn out to be a World War II leftover.”
This incident was similar to the discovery of an unexploded mortar bomb believed to be at least 70 years old.
It was found by a member of a local gliding club who was out walking on the beach.
Limavady councillor Gerry Mullan said local people are concerned about risks of unstable bombs exploding.
He said: “It is a worry that this is the second time in recent months that an unexploded bomb from WWII has been washed up.”