Hazardous acid washed up on Norfolk beach

Coastguard helicopter changeover. The new helicopter on exercise. Picture; PAUL DAMEN

Coastguard helicopter changeover. The new helicopter on exercise. Picture; PAUL DAMEN - Credit: Archant

Fire crews were called to dispose of a drum of hazardous acid washed up on Holme beach.

A blue container with a sulphuric acid hazard warning sticker was inspected by the Hunstanton Coastguard Team around 3pm Thursday.

The hazardous materials officer later confirmed the drum contained sulphuric acid, a powerful corrosive capable of causing severe burns.

This is the fourth time a container of hazardous acid has been found in the area since the start of October, with two drums found on Hunstanton beach,

The coastguard said any drums found with a hazard sticker should be reported to the coastguard by calling 999.