A NUMBER of wartime military ordnances were found on Kilve Beach yesterday (Saturday, August 4) having been exposed by the recent tides.

HM Coastguard Watchet were called out by a member of the public to the scene where a cordon was put in place while the Bomb Disposal Squad made their way to the beach from Plymouth.

While checking the cordon area a further series of wartime shells were located by the coastguard officers.

A spokesman for HM Coastguard Watchet said: "Having attended at the various scenes on the shoreline the attending Bomb Disposal Experts decided that due to their condition and quantity a controlled detonation should take place on the beach.

"A hole was dug into the mud and sand near the low water mark where the 15 different calibre shells were placed before being covered over and a controlled explosive device detonated to destroy them all."

The detonation was successful and the beach was reopened to the public just before 6pm.

The spokesman added: "If you find anything suspicious on the shoreline we want to remind you, do not pick it up, but instead record the location using a grid reference, or the what3words app on your smart phone, and dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard."