HOLIDAYMAKERS were evacuated from a beach after children discovered an unexploded shell in the sand. Police and coastguards formed an exclusion zone around the ordnance in Frinton, Essex, after it was found at about 4.20pm on Saturday.
The Army Bomb Disposal Unit was called in, and carried out a controlled explosion on Sunday morning.
Councillor Richard Everett, who lives in Frinton, said the shell was found by children playing on the beach, who showed it to Andrew Lee, from Lavenheath, Suffolk.
Mr Everett said: "They showed it to Mr and Mrs Lee saying 'look what we've found'.
"Mr Lee, realising the danger, immediately called the lifeguards on duty at the beach.