World War I ammunition washed up on beach

Bomb disposal experts were called to a Co Kerry beach today after ancient ammunition dating back to World War I washed up on the sands.


The Defence Forces was alerted to two suspect devices on Rossbeigh Beach but further investigations unearthed another three objects.

"They are badly corroded ancient ammunition that were fired around the time British Royal Navy ships were part of our maritime landscape," Defence Forces spokesman Cmdt Brian Cleary said.

"They were illuminating shells fired from the guns on the ship to illuminate the shoreline."

Bomb disposal experts said the three badly corroded devices found on the Blue Flag beach posed no threat to public safety.

However, Cmdt Cleary urged anyone who comes across a suspicious device to contact authorities.

"The team is waiting for the tide to recede to do anything about the other two devices," Cmdt Cleary said. But from descriptions the bomb disposal team believe they may be similar devices.

The artillery shells have been described as three inches in diameter and about a foot long.

"They were likely lying at the bottom of an ocean in a case which rotted," he said.

"We found another one of these in the same area around two months ago and a controlled explosion had to be carried out on it. There is a strong tidal aspect to this locality. In 1996, a World War II landmine was found in the same vicinity."

Von: 29 August 2005,

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