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Shell blown up on Jurassic Coast

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An unexploded device has been blown up after washing ashore on Dorset's World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

A 650ft (200m) cordon was put in place on Chesil Beach, near Weymouth, after the 2ft (60cm) shell, thought to be a tank round, was found on Thursday.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal experts destroyed it in a controlled explosion on Friday morning.

Police had also closed the promenade around the site, close to beach huts in Hallelujah Bay.

Police were contacted just before 1500 GMT on Thursday by a man who reported finding the object near the huts.

The promenade was closed and a nearby cafe was checked and found to be empty.

Failing light on Thursday evening delayed work to make the device safe.

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