A SECOND World War grenade found in the sands of Seaton Carew has been detonated by bomb experts.
Seaton Carew beach in Hartlepool was closed by police after the discovery of the hand grenade by a council worker at around 9.50am.
He had found the explosive encased in rock on Seaton Carew beach near to the Rocket House Car Park.
Police taped off the beach and the area near to the Rocket House car park, while specialists detonated the grenade near to the water’s edge after partially burying it beneath the sand.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “Police received a call from a council worker at around 9.50am who found what is believed to be a hand grenade, encased in rock on Seaton Carew beach near to the Rocket House Car Park.
“A cordon was put in place and the bomb disposal squad were called to the scene to carry out a controlled explosion.”
The spokeswoman added: “The grenade was missing its safety devices and was therefore detonated well within a cordon, at the low tide line.
“All cordons have now been removed and the beach has been reopened.
“Police would like to thank members of the public for their co-operation while this section of the beach was closed.”
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