‘Bomb’ turns out to be plane part

The item was washed up on the beach at Bexhill, sparking fears it could be a bomb. It was later identified as part of a plane. Picture taken by Tony Lambert. SUS-150616-152539001

The item was washed up on the beach at Bexhill, sparking fears it could be a bomb. It was later identified as part of a plane. Picture taken by Tony Lambert. SUS-150616-152539001

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A mystery object, which sparked fears it could be a wartime bomb when it washed up on Bexhill beach, has been revealed as part of an aeroplane.

The large piece of metal was spotted on the beach by the Sovereign Light Cafe at around 1pm last Wednesday (June 10).

The Coastguard was informed about the find, but the object was covered by the tide before it could be identified.

The team examined the item again at low tide and called the Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operation Centre.

Explosives experts visited the site the following day, but their investigations were hampered by the tide and poor light.

Coastguards, the EOD and a specialist Navy bomb disposal unit from Portsmouth returned to the beach on Saturday (June 13). The team made the item safe and dug it out from the sand.

The item, which is believed to be part of a World War II aeroplane, has been donated to Bexhill Museum.

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