Co Antrim beach closed after mortar bomb found

The two-inch smoke mortar bomb
The two-inch smoke mortar bomb

A section of Co Antrim beach was closed after an unidentified object was discovered by a child.

RNLI lifeguards red flagged a section of Murlough Beach on Thursday afternoon after a young boy brought an “old and rusty metal object” which he discovered while digging in the sand to their attention.

The object, which was later identified as a two-inch smoke mortar, is believed to be one of many British mortars issued to the British Army and the Commonwealth armies during the Second World War and beyond.

Being unable to identify the object himself senior lifeguard Patrick Knight contacted the Belfast Coastguard who called the PSNI and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment (EOD) to the scene.

A 200m perimeter zone from where the device was being kept in the lifeguard’s beach hut was extended and beach users asked to vacate the area.

Ashlinn Donnelly, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said: “The young boy did the right thing in making the lifeguards aware of this object when he didn’t know what it was.”

The mortar was removed from the scene by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and it was confirmed that the boy who found the device had not been in any danger at the time of discovery.