Boy picks up live WW2 bomb on Irish beach

Boy picks up live WW2 bomb on Irish beachStock photo, County Londonderry: Rex

A young boy has been very "fortunate" to escape injury after picking up a live World War II mortar shell while playing on a beach in Northern Ireland.

The young child found the bomb while he was walking along the shoreine around Magilligan, County Londonderry, on Saturday afternoon.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) told the BBC that the boy was "fortunate not to have been badly injured".

A PNSI spokesperson gave a warning to tourists and locals, saying: "Police would remind people if they find anything unusual they should not touch it but contact police immediately."

They added that a number WW2 shells had been found in the area in recent months.

Just last month, a UK holiday beach was cordoned off after a landslide sent over 1,000 dangerous bombs and rockets embedded in cliffs for more than 60 years hurtling on to the sands.

According to the Telegraph, Humberside Police said the shells were discovered by a dog walker on Mappleton Beach near Hornsea.

The East Riding beach was used as a practice bombing range in the Second World War, and a combination of coastal erosion and heavy rain led to the landslip that unveiled one of the biggest arsenal ever uncovered.

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