WWII bomb on Co Down beach made safe
Army bomb experts have carried out a controlled explosion on a World War II mortar shell after it was found on a beach.
Police said the mortar shell discovered on a section of beach between Murlough and Newcastle in Co Down was made safe by ammunition technical officers early yesterday morning.
The South Down Coastguard said the mortar – found by two dog walkers – "was high explosive and was fused".
The couple stayed close to the site to pinpoint the location to the Coastguard. Police arrived shortly afterwards and sealed off a section of the beach.
Dawn Mitchell, an artist from Hillsborough, was on the beach with her husband and dogs when they saw the object.
She told the BBC her husband poked at the object with a stick but then stepped back and shouted: "It's got fins – it's a mortar."