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PHOTOS: Bomb squad scrambled to Cornish beach

PHOTOS: Bomb squad scrambled to Cornish beach

Published by Emma Carton at 10:21am 3rd December 2018. (Updated at 10:33am 3rd December 2018)

Part of a popular beach in west Cornwall was sealed off because of a suspected explosive, washed up by the recent storms.

Coastguard teams and police were scrambled to Marazion late on Friday afternoon.

Crews put up a 30m cordon while they waited for the Royal Navy bomb squad to arrive.

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Part of a popular Cornwall beach had to be cordoned off for several hours on Friday, because of a suspected explosive

This is the item that sparked concerns - because of its shape and condition.

However on closer inspection, officials confirmed it was the lid of a barbecue.

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Coastguards and police were scrambled to Marazion, Cornwall late on Friday afternoon - and called in the bomb squad

"We were tasked by Falmouth Coastguard Operations Centre yesterday the 30th November at 1600 to assist Devon & Cornwall Police at Marazion.

"A metal object had been uncovered in the sand, due to the recent storms and the dropping of the sand level, indications were that the metal and rounded object could be of a military ordnance type.

"A call to the Explosive and Ordnance Disposal Unit (Bomb Disposal Squad) based in Plymouth was made and in the meantime, a 30m radius safety exclusion area was made. This was secured by members of the team and local police.

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The item washed up after the recent storms and officials thought it could be an explosive, because of its size and shape

"Travelling under 'Blues and twos', EODU arrived on scene early evening and proceeded to investigate the object.

"Initial indications to the unit that due its shape and condition that it certainly could be of military ordnance but on further examination the object was found to be the lid of a barbecue.

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The bomb squad arrived at Marazion late on Friday afternoon and on closer inspection, found the item was a barbecue lid

"An officer of the EODU emphasised that this was a good call and that you cannot be too careful, especially with the recent storms uncovering objects around the coast.

"With this result equipment was re-stowed and all units free to return to their Stations.

"If you see someone you think is in trouble on the coast or at sea, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard".

Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team

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