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).
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.”