Bomb Disposal Unit called to Southend Seafront

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THE BOMB Disposal Unit was called to Southend seafront to carry out a controlled explosion.

They were called to deal with 32 unexploded Second World War shells that were found by a bait digger in the early hours of New Year's Day.

They were detonated at about 9am today near the Ray gut off Southend.

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10:49am Tue 1 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

I think what's particularly of concern, is the fact that so many were found.
Surely proof of the reported erosion of the mudflats, leaving heavier objects on the surface.
As the area on the cliffs between the pier, and where the Cliffs Pavilion now stands, there were numerous anti -aircraft gun batteries, 3.7 inch, which no doubt fired hundreds if not thousands of rounds skywards, towards enemy planes.
It is a well known fact, that there were many duds, due to the timing fuzes not working/set correctly.
I think what's particularly of concern, is the fact that so many were found. Surely proof of the reported erosion of the mudflats, leaving heavier objects on the surface. As the area on the cliffs between the pier, and where the Cliffs Pavilion now stands, there were numerous anti -aircraft gun batteries, 3.7 inch, which no doubt fired hundreds if not thousands of rounds skywards, towards enemy planes. It is a well known fact, that there were many duds, due to the timing fuzes not working/set correctly. Carnabackable
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2:15pm Tue 1 Jan 13

OldSmokey says...

Nothing like seeing the New Year in with a bang !!!!
Nothing like seeing the New Year in with a bang !!!! OldSmokey
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10:54pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Soouthchurch59 says...

Are shells on a beach, news?
Are shells on a beach, news? Soouthchurch59
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4:27am Wed 2 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

Soouthchurch59 wrote:
Are shells on a beach, news?
Yes, because of the quantity, times gone by, it would ave been two to four, but thirty two, is a huge amount, a consequence of erosion, of the mudflats.
[quote][p][bold]Soouthchurch59[/bold] wrote: Are shells on a beach, news?[/p][/quote]Yes, because of the quantity, times gone by, it would ave been two to four, but thirty two, is a huge amount, a consequence of erosion, of the mudflats. Carnabackable
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8:12am Wed 2 Jan 13

Barry Bas says...

Carnabackable wrote:
Soouthchurch59 wrote: Are shells on a beach, news?
Yes, because of the quantity, times gone by, it would ave been two to four, but thirty two, is a huge amount, a consequence of erosion, of the mudflats.
I think you missed the joke.
[quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Soouthchurch59[/bold] wrote: Are shells on a beach, news?[/p][/quote]Yes, because of the quantity, times gone by, it would ave been two to four, but thirty two, is a huge amount, a consequence of erosion, of the mudflats.[/p][/quote]I think you missed the joke. Barry Bas
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10:51pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Letmetryagain says...

Could you hear the sea if you held them to you ear ? :)

I imagine these were in a container, which has since disintegrated ?
Could you hear the sea if you held them to you ear ? :) I imagine these were in a container, which has since disintegrated ? Letmetryagain
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