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Landslip uncovers hundreds of deadly WW2 bombs and rockets

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A holiday beach was cordoned off after a landslip sent more than 1,000 deadly bombs and rockets embedded in the cliffs for more 60 years tumbling onto the sands.

The East Riding beach of Mappleton, near Hornsea, was used as a practice bombing range during the Second World War – but the bad weather has led to ground movement which exposed one of the biggest arsenals ever uncovered yesterday…

Coastguards say the odd item of explosives often turn up in dribs and drabs after being embedded in the cliffs for decades in the area.

But over the weekend, a landslip caused by the combination of heavy rain and coastal erosion exposed at least 1,000 weapons.

Coastguards say that most of them are probably dummy or practice rounds – but they still contain enough explosive to cause terrible injuries…

Army experts are hoping to remove some of the smaller items but some will have to be blown up on site in controlled explosions, Humber Coastguard said…

“Because there is such a great number of them what we do not want is people wandering around picking up the odd trophy to put on the mantel piece.

I wonder where I put the practice hand grenade I’ve been carrying around from place to place for 50 years or so? :)

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Written by Ed Campbell

July 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm

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