A SECOND World War bomb exploded on a beach.

Coastguard crews were called at 3.30pm yesterday after the explosive was found buried among pebbles on the sea shore.

They cordoned off the area around the device for several hours then, “when the tide allowed” they fitted explosives to the bomb and carried out a "controlled explosion" to destroy it.

A spokesman for Newhaven Coastguard said: “We were tasked with backing up Birling Gap and Eastbourne Coastguard with Portsmouth Military Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) after a Second World War bomb was found on the beach below the lay-by just East of the BelleTout Lighthouse.”

The Argus:

As the EOD team leader checked the area was safe one of the Coastguards saw another explosive.

But, after being checked, this was found to be safe.

The Newhaven coastguard spokesman said: “We would like to thank the public for their patience while the road closure was in place.

“If you see any items you are not sure of on the beach do not touch them.

“Move away from the item and dial 999 immediately. Ask for Coastguard.”