UPDATED: Royal Navy Bomb Disposal experts have carried out a controlled explosion on a device that is believed to have been handed into Newport Police Station earlier today (Monday).
The Portsmouth-based team arrived at the police station in the heart of Newport at around 17:15 before removing the currently unknown device to the awaiting Explosive Ordnance Disposal truck.
With the potentially dangerous item safely on board, it was transported to Appley beach in Ryde where it was detonated at just before 19:00.
Police cleared the beach of dog walkers before the bomb disposal experts retreated to safety and pulled the trigger, sending fragments into the air with an almighty bang.
An Island Echo reader has described lots of excitement, toing and froing as plain clothed officers met with the Royal Navy upon their arrival at the Police Station on Newport High Street.
Emergency services have since left the scene and the beach has reopened.
UPDATE TUESDAY – Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed that fireworks, which Island Echo understands were homemade, have been disposed of by the Bomb Disposal experts.
It follows the arrest of a 19-year-old male on Friday which resulted in a number of items being seized at an address on North Road in Shanklin.
He was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place. The teen has since been released without charge, but remains under investigation.
Homemade devices can be classed as IEDs – improvised explosive devices – and would explain the attendance of the RN EOD lorry.