Seeing the ocean’s treasures wash up onto the shore is one of the best parts of being at the beach. You can find beautifully colored pebbles, sea glass, seashells and other items you can take home and use as decor. Sometimes you even see people using metal detectors to look for hidden treasure along the coast.
A British Family went to the beach; Kelly Gravell with her children did not just find something rare and valuable, but also something incredibly dangerous.
When Kelly’s kids were playing on the beach, they came across what they thought was an old buoy covered in sea shells. They played near the large object and took photos with it. They had a great day at the beach and did not think about the large object for a while. When Kelly looked at the pictures they took, she thought the object resembled a bomb. Her suspicions were confirmed after speaking to Pembrook County Park officials. The object was a large sea mine from the World War 2 era.
Their story was posted to the internet where many people commented:
“They have the pictures to prove it. Posing in front of the bomb.”
“That is an inordinate amount of barnacles on that explosive ordnance. I’m glad no one was hurt from it.”
“It is probably a good thing that it had all those barnacles on it, or the children would have been climbing all over it.”
“There’s a series of pictures posted elsewhere that better show the process and aftermath of the controlled detonation.”
Most of the sea mines were removed from the oceans after the end of the war but approximately 13,000 were intentionally left behind. Others had been damaged or simply sunk to the ocean. Luckily the sea mine had not harmed anyone at the beach. Authorities came and detonated the bomb in a controlled space. The family will definitely be on high alert when playing with and approaching unknown objects.