|Once the ordnance had been declared safe, the family pose for a quick photo before the item was returned to the EOD team for removal and disposal.|
The heavily corroded item was found lodged in the branches of a silver birch tree on the harbour side of the Ferry Road in Studland and so, having cordoned off the area, police and Coastguard called the Army bomb disposal experts for advice. The Army EOD team suspected the device could still be explosive and set off from their base in Wiltshire.
|The Coastguard Team assisted with implementing and maintaining a safe cordon|
|Declared safe by the Army EOD team, this ordnance never contained explosives.|
We ran some blogs on ordnance only a few weeks ago, and this is typical of the many pieces of ordnance to be found in and around Studland.
|The armour piercing shot was lodged several feet up in a tree|
So how did it get in the tree? Good question, and the only logical answer is that someone must have picked it up and put it there. The tree certainly wasn't there 70 years ago for it to land in!
Was that a good idea? Not really. Whoever picked it up couldn't have been sure what it was and disturbing it could have set it off.
What should have happened? Whenever you find ordnance, or something you suspect to be ordnance in and around the beach or coast area, 999 Coastguard. (If you find ordnance further inland call 999 Police. And if you cant decide who to ask for, call 999 anyway and describe what you have found). Stand well clear and wait for further instruction.
Once the item had been removed, the road and ferry which were closed for about 3 hours were reopened.