500lb World War Two bomb exploded in Selsey

old submarine bomb dropped from plane in world war two found on Selsey and bracklesham bay beach.
old submarine bomb dropped from plane in world war two found on Selsey and bracklesham bay beach.

A BEACH goer was given a shock when they stumbled upon a large bomb from World War Two while out walking near Selsey on Friday evening.

The device, said to be around 500lb and one of the largest found in the Bracklesham Bay area, was blown up in a controlled explosion by a bomb squad early this morning (Saturday, October 11).

ROYAL Navy bomb disposal experts are working to deal with an unexploded German V-2 rocket found in Essex.The rocket, fired from continental Europe towards the end of the Second World War, is submerged nose-down in coastal mud flats between Felixstowe and Harwich.Local fishermen are understood to have known about the missile for decades and even used to moor their boats to it.A six-man team from Southern Diving Unit 2, based at Horsea Island, Portsmouth was called out yesterday afternoon. A 40-metre exclusion zone has been set up.Lt Dan Herridge, Officer-in-Command of SDU 2 said: 'This is not going to be a job that's done overnight. People don't think they've ever found a V-2 intact like this before but due to the nature of the beast we don't know whether this one is definitely intact.'Our guys have never seen anything like this before and probably never will again. It's a very unusual beast indeed.'At first the RN team was sceptical because V2 missiles came down at Mach-3 - three times the speed of sound - so

ROYAL Navy bomb disposal experts are working to deal with an unexploded German V-2 rocket found in Essex.The rocket, fired from continental Europe towards the end of the Second World War, is submerged nose-down in coastal mud flats between Felixstowe and Harwich.Local fishermen are understood to have known about the missile for decades and even used to moor their boats to it.A six-man team from Southern Diving Unit 2, based at Horsea Island, Portsmouth was called out yesterday afternoon. A 40-metre exclusion zone has been set up.Lt Dan Herridge, Officer-in-Command of SDU 2 said: 'This is not going to be a job that's done overnight. People don't think they've ever found a V-2 intact like this before but due to the nature of the beast we don't know whether this one is definitely intact.'Our guys have never seen anything like this before and probably never will again. It's a very unusual beast indeed.'At first the RN team was sceptical because V2 missiles came down at Mach-3 - three times the speed of sound - so

Heavy recent wind and rain in the local area unearthed the historic find, which was said to have measured around 3ft by 12inch.

Paul Greenwood, Selsey Coastguard deputy station officer, said: “A member of the public reported finding something suspicious to us last night and we cordoned off the area.

“The bomb disposal unit came down this morning and deemed it was most probably a large submarine bomb dropped from a plane in the Second World War.

“We set up a 1km cordon and it was blown up around 9.30am this morning.

“It was certainly one of the largest devices we’ve had and it made a loud explosion which I’m sure the people of Selsey would have heard.”

A spate of old maritime finds were reported at the start of the year with the area having been bombed by the Nazis, though this is the largest discovery for some time.

Mr Greenwood added: “Our message to people is if you come across anything you think is at all suspicious don’t touch it but get in touch with us on 999 and we will investigate it.”