Bomb scare at the beach

Ayrshire Post - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Reynolds

Bomb squad of­fi­cers raced to Ayr beach af­ter a sus­pi­cious de­vice washed up on shore.

Noise from a con­trolled ex­plo­sion is un­der­stood to have been heard as far as two miles away.

Bomb dis­posal crews raced to Ayr beach last week af­ter a mil­i­tary de­vice washed up on the shore.

Coast­guard crews con­firmed the item was a phos­pho­rous flare, of­ten used as a marker at sea.

Bomb dis­posal teams set up a 200m cor­don around the shore at around 10am last Wed­nes­day be­fore de­stroy­ing the de­vice in a con­trolled ex­plo­sion.

Coast­guard teams said the ex­plo­sion was a “pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure”.

Noise from the ex­plo­sion is un­der­stood to have been heard as far as two miles away from the site.

A bomb dis­posal of­fi­cer on the scene on Wed­nes­day said:“An ob­ject washed up on the shore.

“We think it was an ex­plo­sive de­vice and it was blown up in a con­trolled ex­plo­sion.”

Coast­guard of­fi­cers were on the scene, along with three bomb dis­posal of­fi­cers in a marked car.

The beach re- opened to the pub­lic at around 3.30pm.

Bomb ex­perts On Ayr beach

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