87 bombs were found at a nude beach where the British used to have plane exercise that happened around Leysdown. The Royal Navy are not sure of their origin. They conducted a two-day sweep of the sands at the beach on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, England.
They were called in after 26 bombs, including two submarine depth charges and at least six 10 lb mortars, washed up on the beach. They then found 61 bombs buried under the sand along the shore of the nude surroundings. Some of them dated back to the late 19th century, officials said.
“It is quite a find. A lot of shooting and plane exercises happened around Leysdown. Sometimes the shells wouldn’t go off when dropped from a plane or shot from a rifle,” said North Kent coastguard manager Colin Ingram, who oversaw the controlled explosions.
“They were cushioned by the mud and did not explode,” added Ingram.
A sunken Second World War wreck, the SS Richard Montgomery, lies two miles off the coast and is packed with 1,400 tonnes of explosives. However, the bombs on the beach are not thought to have come from the stricken US vessel which went down in 1944, according to the Sun newspaper.
A Navy team was appointed to dispose of the nude beach bombs by detonating them in the ocean, near the shore.