Sunday 22 April 2018

Bomb squad in Duncannon

David Looby

A CONTROLLED explosion was carried out on artillery shells on Duncannon beach last week.

The shells were discovered on a boat owned by Ballyhack fisherman Ger Foley as it was being refurbished at Duncannon Harbour on Tuesday. They were used as a ballast to keep the vessel upright long before Mr Foley purchased it.

The shells were discovered underneath timber on board the fishing boat and the authorities were immediately made aware of the discovery.

The Army Bomb Disposal Unit were called to Duncannon to make safe the shells and arrived fully equipped to do so on Tuesday afternoon.

Duncannon Fort manager Marion Cody said: 'There was a bit of excitement in the area when the Bomb Squad arrived. They came to the fort and were looking on the ramparts to see where the best place to carry out the controlled explosion was on the beach.'

Ms Cody said there was a large crowd on the beach at the time.

Parts of the shell were taken away for analysis.

Last August the Army Bomb Disposal Unit team carried out a controlled explosion on a 'weeping' artillery shell at Duncannon Fort after the weeping substance was tested.

It later emerged that the shell had been leaking sea water and was not a danger to the public.

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