Seven-year-old finds explosives on Holkham beach

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Saturday, April 19, 2014
10:53 AM

A family trip to the beach took an unexpected turn when two explosives were found in the sand.

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The smaller of the two explosives burst in to flames and burnt for 10 minutes at Holkham beach.The smaller of the two explosives burst in to flames and burnt for 10 minutes at Holkham beach.

May Archibald-Green was given a metal detector for her birthday and has been using it to find historical pieces during her school holidays.

But yesterday while at Holkham beach in north Norfolk the seven-year-old used to finding horse shoes and scrap metal discovered two phosphorus bombs, thought to be from World War Two.

The device detected two rock-like objects, and when May’s mum Judi Green tapped the smaller of the two with a metal fork, it burst into flames, burning for 10 minutes.

“We called the Coastguard and Police immediately,” Mrs Green, 37, said.

May Archibald-Green before she found two explosives on Holkham beach.May Archibald-Green before she found two explosives on Holkham beach.

“It was really quite frightening because we just thought it was a piece of rock on the beach.

“There were eight children and grandparents all there, so if the bigger piece had burst in to flames as well we would have had quite a big problem.”

The family had been visiting north Norfolk from Berkshire for the Easter break and decided to visit Holkham because it is May’s favourite beach.

For young May the find was both “scary” and “surprising” as well as an adventure – but her mum said they will not be metal detecting on a beach again, just in case.

The bomb squad were scheduled to carry out a controlled explosion last night or this morning.

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