A holidaymaker took a ‘bomb’ back to a caravan park after finding it on the beach and mistaking it for a fossil, it is claimed.
Police are evacuating people from Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, in Bembridge, on the Isle of Wight, after receiving a report about the unexploded ordinance at around 11.30pm last night.
A guest at the park is said to have discovered the bomb on the beach and only realised it was a weapon when they got back to their caravan.
The device was initially described as a grenade, however people at the scene were apparently later told it was a bomb.
Island Echo reports that the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Team is expected to arrive at the park at around 4.30am.
Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park wrote on Facebook: “We are aware that late this evening an old hand grenade has been found at Whitecliff Bay.
“Customers are safe and we have responded quickly, taking advice from the experts as we speak and who are also on their way to help resolve the situation.
“We will keep you informed throughout the morning as we get updated.”