Bomb alert on Durban beach

2009-11-12 00:00

DURBAN police have urged beachgoers not to pick up any “suspicious-looking” objects after another bomb was found on Addington beach.

Two weeks ago, a pensioner who was taking a stroll along the popular beach stumbled across a rusty 80 mm bomb.

Lifeguards conducted a mass evacuation of the beach and called in explosive experts.

The police explosive unit detonated the bomb shortly afterwards and launched an investigation into how the bombs got on to the beach.

On Sunday, another bomb was found at Addington beach several metres away where the first bomb was found.

The city has now also launched an investigation into where the bombs had come from and whether the entire beachfront should be searched for military ammunition.

Police spokesman Director Phindile Radebe said there were concerns about the bombshells and it is suspected that the shells were washed up by the tides.

“So far, only detonated bombs have been found. We are concerned that somebody is going to stumble across something dangerous,” she said.

Radebe urged beachgoers to be extra careful and not to pick up any strange objects.

“If they find something they suspect could be a bomb, the must contact the nearest police who are trained to handle the matter,” she said.

A member of the explosives unit, who asked not to be named, said they were concerned about the bombs and that the unit is investigating their origins.

He believes that the bombs could have been buried deep inshore and have surfaced because of the massive upgrade of the beachfront. Parts of the beachfront are being redesigned as part of the city’s 2010 preparations.

South Beach resident John Oberholster told The Witness that three days after the first bomb was discovered, he found bullets in the sand at Addington.

He was walking on the beach when he found two bullet shells and two cannon shells.

“I picked up a bunch of bullets that day. They were just lying on the sand. I also noticed other people picking objects from the sand,” he said.

The municipality has encouraged parents to watch what objects their children pick up on the beach.

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