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A man has told how he kicked a live Second World War hand grenade he found on a beach in Hartlepool, before picking it up and putting it in his loader.
It was only after he had another look at it that John O'Neill realised the object was a grenade that had been buried in the sand at Seaton Carew.
He believed the pin was still inside, but because it was so rusty, it was hard to tell.
Mr O'Neill, who works for Hartlepool Borough Council, told the Hartlepool Mail:
He contacted his bosses who called in bomb disposal experts and after the beach was cordoned off, they carried out a controlled explosion.
Bomb disposals experts have detonated a WWII grenade on the beach at Seaton Carew.
The device was found by a council worker this morning.
Cleveland Police are investigating after beach cleaners discovered what could be a grenade at Seaton Carew beach.
Bomb disposal teams from Catterick Garrison are on the way to the scene.