Bomb squad explode shell on West Wittering beach

Picture shows the moment Royal Navy bomb disposal experts exploded an old shell. Picture: Michaela Cooke
Picture shows the moment Royal Navy bomb disposal experts exploded an old shell. Picture: Michaela Cooke

BOMB disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion at West Wittering beach after an old shell washed up.

The Cooke family from Chichester watched the explosion from the car park. Michaela Cooke, 45, said: “It was all vry controlled, an amazing thing to see.

THIS image shows the moment Royal Navy bomb disposal experts exploded an old shell.'Michaela Cooke, 45, was with her family when she saw the controlled explosion at West Wittering beach.'She said: 'It was all very controlled, an amazing thing to see.''It probably went up about 15ft in the air.''It was quite loud, they put a sandbag over the top of the shell just like you see on the telly.''Michaela, from Chichester, was with her husband Tom, 39, and sons Mackenzie, eight, and Sam, six.'She was also with her nieces Jessie Lees, 19, Holly Lees, 10 and Cameron Lees, eight.'Michaela added: 'We'd just walked over it about half an hour before.''It was the last thing you expect to see, it was quite a spectacle.''The shell was found washed up  on Sunday at East Head and Michaela's family watched the explosion from the car park.

THIS image shows the moment Royal Navy bomb disposal experts exploded an old shell.'Michaela Cooke, 45, was with her family when she saw the controlled explosion at West Wittering beach.'She said: 'It was all very controlled, an amazing thing to see.''It probably went up about 15ft in the air.''It was quite loud, they put a sandbag over the top of the shell just like you see on the telly.''Michaela, from Chichester, was with her husband Tom, 39, and sons Mackenzie, eight, and Sam, six.'She was also with her nieces Jessie Lees, 19, Holly Lees, 10 and Cameron Lees, eight.'Michaela added: 'We'd just walked over it about half an hour before.''It was the last thing you expect to see, it was quite a spectacle.''The shell was found washed up on Sunday at East Head and Michaela's family watched the explosion from the car park.

“It probably went up about 15ft high in the air.

“It was quite loud, they put a sandbag over the top of the shell just like you see on the telly.”

The shell was found washed up on Sunday at East Head and exploded by the bomb disposal squad on Bank Holiday Monday.