Royal Navy Bomb Disposal experts from Portsmouth have carried out a controlled explosion on a World War II mortar found at Culver Down today (Friday).
Earlier on Police cleared an area on the south side of the beauty spot overlooking Sandown Bay in the interests of safety. They alerted the mainland-based explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team of the discovery and awaited their arrival.
It is understood the historic device was found by a dog walker, who in turn alerted the authorities.
An inspection of the mortar found it to be viable and therefore it was disposed of by means of a controlled explosion on site.
Police have shared a video of the moment the explosion occurred…
A WW2 mortar that was found by a dog walker on Culver Down this morning has been safely dealt with by EOD – 20714 pic.twitter.com/nfpOpd9wyC
— Isle of Wight Police (@IOWightPolice) January 11, 2019