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Controlled explosion carried out at Portrush Harbour after 'war time device' discovered

Army carry out a controlled explosion on a suspected war time device at Portrush Harbour on Thursday evening, the device was uncovered during works being carried out at the harbour. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Army carry out a controlled explosion on a suspected war time device at Portrush Harbour on Thursday evening, the device was uncovered during works being carried out at the harbour. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

A controlled explosion has been carried out on a suspected war time device at Portrush Harbour.

It is understood the device was uncovered during works being carried out at the harbour.

Army technical officers were seen carrying out a controlled explosion on near a digger at around 7.30pm on Tuesday evening.

It is understood the ordnance was found near the harbour wall.

The quayside was closed off to the public with coastguard officers advising the public to remain clear of the area for safety reasons.

The PSNI did not respond to a request for comment.

Following the end of the Second World War in 1945, huge quantities of munitions were dumped at sea in Beauforts Dyke in the Irish Sea, a sea trench 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.

Despite the passage of time, some munitions still occasionally make it to our shores.

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