Arbroath folk might have wondered what the loud bang was this afternoon (Wednesday), but we can reveal it was a controlled detonation.
Shortly after 3 p.m. an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) unit carried out a controlled detonation of a shell discovered on Arbroath beach.
Officers were alerted to the presence of a suspected explosive device on Arbroath beach at the West Links in line roughly with the McDonalds restaurant on the Westway Retail Park.
This was the unit’s second visit to the area in as many days after attending a Carnoustie building site yesterday (Tuesday) for what later turned out to be an empty shell casing.
A spokesperson for Police Scotland, Tayside Division, said: “At about 11 a.m. yesterday morning (Tuesday) a member of the public contacted Police Scotland, Tayside Division, to report what would appear to be unexploded ordinance on the beach at Arbroath.
“The EOD were contacted and as a precaution the area was cordoned off. The EOD will attend in due course today.”