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.
"I was doing a general litter pick and I came across what I thought was a piece of metal and I gave it a kick. I turned it over and it looked interesting."
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.
A teenager from Seaton Carew has had a major operation to correct a double curve in her spine which resembled a shark fin when she bent downRead the full story ›
Firefighters are dealing with a blaze in Seaton Carew after a large coal heap went up in flames.
Three fire engines from Stranton Station rushed to Seaton after receiving several calls reporting the blaze, near to the Mayfair Centre.
The fire started around eleven o'clock this morning and fire officers were still on site damping down flames just before one o'clock.
Members of Hartlepool RNLI have been recognised for their courage and service to the community at the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards.Read the full story ›
Work will begin on the second phase of a multi-million pound coastal defence project in Hartlepool.
More than £1.5m has already been spent strengthening defences at Seaton Carew seafront. Now Hartlepool council has secured £3.5m for work on an additional 700m stretch of coastline. It will help to protect 400 seaside homes.
Work begins on more coastal defences at Seaton Carew.Read the full story ›
Sky News is committed to the highest editorial standards. Like other news organisations, we are acutely aware of the tensions that can arise between the law and responsible investigative journalism.
In the 2008 case of Anne Darwin, Sky News met with Cleveland Police and provided them with emails offering new information relevant to Mrs Darwin's defence. Material provided by Sky News was used in the successful prosecution and the police made clear after the trial that this information was pivotal to the case.
We stand by these actions as editorially justified and in the public interest. We do not take such decisions lightly or frequently. They require finely balanced judgement based on individual circumstances and must always be subjected to the proper editorial controls.