Swanage road closed after more than 20 devices unearthed

Bournemouth Echo: Swanage road closes after dangerous cache of WWII grenades unearthed by workmen Swanage road closes after dangerous cache of WWII grenades unearthed by workmen

A DANGEROUS cache of more than 20 World War Two grenades were discovered by workmen in Swanage town centre on Monday afternoon.

Two of the devices - known as number 76 special incendiary, or 'sip' grenades - ignited after their protective glass bottles were shattered by a mechanical digger, causing a fire.

Emergency services placed a 50-metre cordon around Shore Road, where the explosives were discovered during excavation work at 3pm.

They were thought to be releasing phosphine gas, which is highly flammable and toxic.

Dorset Fire and Rescue's district commander for Purbeck, Mike Cox, said workmen had been carrying out ground-levelling when they uncovered four of the devices.

However, officers from the Royal Logistics Corps' Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment discovered at least 16 more, which were then dealt with in a controlled explosion.

The grenades consisted of bottles containing phosphorus, which is exposed to the air when the bottles are smashed.

Staff Sergeant Andrew Blacker said: “We have a tried and tested method for dealing with these sip grenades.

“They were used by the Home Guard during World War Two in case of a German invasion. They come in batches of 12 and 24, and they ignite in contact with oxygen, so we're going to go carefully.”

Bournemouth Echo: Smoke from the controlled explosions seen drifting across the bay. Picture by Andy Lyons

The specially-trained officers worked for more than an hour to carefully excavate the grenades before transferring them to a skip.

Edward and Betty Dickson, who are holidaying in Swanage, said: “We didn't know what was going on.

“It's scary to think about what might have happened.”

Paul Dunesby, 47, who has lived in Swanage throughout his life, said: “I can't get along the seafront, there are police everywhere.

“You wouldn't normally get that in Swanage.”

Paramedics were called to the scene to check over workers at the site as a precaution after the two bottles broke.

A spokesperson from South Western Ambulance service said three people who were exposed to the gas were treated at the scene.

Grenades uncovered as part of ongoing work over landslip fears

THE grenades were uncovered as part of ongoing work to move Swanage War Memorial over landslip fears.

Ground surveys ahead of the £2.1 million stabilisation scheme initially found the war memorial area required no attention.

However, when work began following last winter's rainfall, engineers realised the area is at risk of slippage.

The Swanage Town Council funded project also includes the construction of two tiers of beach huts, new public toilets and a permanent kiosk on the corner of Shore Road and Victoria Avenue.

Comments (10)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:44pm Mon 12 May 14

Controversial But True says...

Breaking news?

About 70 years late!!
Breaking news? About 70 years late!! Controversial But True
  • Score: -11

8:22pm Mon 12 May 14

stevobath says...

Are they the same as the ones the Israelis love to use against women & children, to 'light the way' for IDF?
Are they the same as the ones the Israelis love to use against women & children, to 'light the way' for IDF? stevobath
  • Score: -15

10:12pm Mon 12 May 14

hooplaa says...

“You wouldn't normally get that in Swanage.”

You do if someone finds more than 20 World War Two grenades
“You wouldn't normally get that in Swanage.” You do if someone finds more than 20 World War Two grenades hooplaa
  • Score: 14

10:15pm Mon 12 May 14

Huey says...

stevobath wrote:
Are they the same as the ones the Israelis love to use against women & children, to 'light the way' for IDF?
No they are older than the state of Israel
[quote][p][bold]stevobath[/bold] wrote: Are they the same as the ones the Israelis love to use against women & children, to 'light the way' for IDF?[/p][/quote]No they are older than the state of Israel Huey
  • Score: -20

12:40am Tue 13 May 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

stevobath wrote:
Are they the same as the ones the Israelis love to use against women & children, to 'light the way' for IDF?
Who cares anymore? We're all sick to death about the dramas in that part of the world.
[quote][p][bold]stevobath[/bold] wrote: Are they the same as the ones the Israelis love to use against women & children, to 'light the way' for IDF?[/p][/quote]Who cares anymore? We're all sick to death about the dramas in that part of the world. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: -14

9:58am Tue 13 May 14

BIGTONE says...

Don't tell em your name Pike.
Don't tell em your name Pike. BIGTONE
  • Score: 10

12:06pm Tue 13 May 14

stevobath says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
stevobath wrote:
Are they the same as the ones the Israelis love to use against women & children, to 'light the way' for IDF?
Who cares anymore? We're all sick to death about the dramas in that part of the world.
You speak for everyone now?

Ultimately it has a negative effect on us all not just 'that part of the World'
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevobath[/bold] wrote: Are they the same as the ones the Israelis love to use against women & children, to 'light the way' for IDF?[/p][/quote]Who cares anymore? We're all sick to death about the dramas in that part of the world.[/p][/quote]You speak for everyone now? Ultimately it has a negative effect on us all not just 'that part of the World' stevobath
  • Score: 7

2:18pm Tue 13 May 14

Paul Weaver says...

This typically sounds like a cache of weapons that would have been hidden by the wartime Auxiliary Units.

They were a secret resistance network of highly trained volunteers prepared to be Britain's last ditch line of defence during World War Two.

They operated in a network of cells from hidden underground bases around the UK.

Whilst the Government of the day authorised the Units to be set up for reasons of security there were no completely accurate records kept of the operational bases or hideouts from which they were based.

The men that were part of these units would have worked in complete secrecy and even their close family wouldn't have known they were part of one of the Units.

You can read more about the Auxiliary Units at http://www.coleshill
house.com/
This typically sounds like a cache of weapons that would have been hidden by the wartime Auxiliary Units. They were a secret resistance network of highly trained volunteers prepared to be Britain's last ditch line of defence during World War Two. They operated in a network of cells from hidden underground bases around the UK. Whilst the Government of the day authorised the Units to be set up for reasons of security there were no completely accurate records kept of the operational bases or hideouts from which they were based. The men that were part of these units would have worked in complete secrecy and even their close family wouldn't have known they were part of one of the Units. You can read more about the Auxiliary Units at http://www.coleshill house.com/ Paul Weaver
  • Score: 9

5:46pm Tue 13 May 14

Yankee1 says...

"Captain Mainwaring! We got us a problem!!"
"Captain Mainwaring! We got us a problem!!" Yankee1
  • Score: -1

5:51pm Tue 13 May 14

GAHmusic says...

Paul Weaver wrote:
This typically sounds like a cache of weapons that would have been hidden by the wartime Auxiliary Units.

They were a secret resistance network of highly trained volunteers prepared to be Britain's last ditch line of defence during World War Two.

They operated in a network of cells from hidden underground bases around the UK.

Whilst the Government of the day authorised the Units to be set up for reasons of security there were no completely accurate records kept of the operational bases or hideouts from which they were based.

The men that were part of these units would have worked in complete secrecy and even their close family wouldn't have known they were part of one of the Units.

You can read more about the Auxiliary Units at http://www.coleshill

house.com/
Thanks for the info, genuinely fascinating.
[quote][p][bold]Paul Weaver[/bold] wrote: This typically sounds like a cache of weapons that would have been hidden by the wartime Auxiliary Units. They were a secret resistance network of highly trained volunteers prepared to be Britain's last ditch line of defence during World War Two. They operated in a network of cells from hidden underground bases around the UK. Whilst the Government of the day authorised the Units to be set up for reasons of security there were no completely accurate records kept of the operational bases or hideouts from which they were based. The men that were part of these units would have worked in complete secrecy and even their close family wouldn't have known they were part of one of the Units. You can read more about the Auxiliary Units at http://www.coleshill house.com/[/p][/quote]Thanks for the info, genuinely fascinating. GAHmusic
  • Score: 6

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree