EXCLUSIVE PICTURES: WW2 device found in Portrush

ATO works on the device at the East Strand Portrush INCR20-16 015BW Device
ATO works on the device at the East Strand Portrush INCR20-16 015BW Device

An unexploded WW2 device was discovered at the East Strand in Portrush today (Friday).

Army Technical Officers were called to the popular local beach this afternoon following the discovery.

The WWII device found at East Strand Portrush on Friday 20/5/16 INCR20-16 018BW

The WWII device found at East Strand Portrush on Friday 20/5/16 INCR20-16 018BW

The device was found at 4pm by workmen who are rebuilding the promenade.

It was dug up by a digger on the White Rocks side of the river and moved across the stream.

According to council workers, who were first on scene, one of the workmen hit the device several times with a hammer.

In a joint operation Police and Coast Guard sealed the area and ATO arrived at 18.30.

The controlled explosion at East Strand Portrush INCR20-16 016BW

The controlled explosion at East Strand Portrush INCR20-16 016BW

A controlled explosion was carried out at 20:00 hours.

Local photographer Brian Wilkinson got these pictures before the device was removed.

The scene of a find of a WWII unexploded Bomb East Strand Portrush INCR20-16 017BW

The scene of a find of a WWII unexploded Bomb East Strand Portrush INCR20-16 017BW