Unexploded Mortars Detonated Safely In Bournemouth

17 January 2014, 18:58 | Updated: 17 January 2014, 19:03

Dorset police say two unexploded mortars were detonated safely earlier in Bournemouth, after being found on a fishing trip.

Officers were called to a house on Madison Avenue in Southborne at 10.45 this morning (January 17) after reports the mortars were taken there after being found by somebody fishing in Poole Harbour.

Bomb disposal experts were called and safely detonated the shells at Southborne Overcliffe. The area was briefly closed off between 1.40pm and 1.50pm.

Police said:

"At 10.45am today, Friday 17 January 2014, Dorset Police received a report that two mortar shells had been discovered and taken to premises on Madison Avenue in Bournemouth.

"The shells were found by a member of the public while fishing in Poole Harbour.

"An Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit attended the address and secured the items before transporting them to the beach at Southborne Overcliffe to carry out a controlled explosion."