A CONTROLLED explosion was carried out after a shell was washed up on a West Dorset beach during the storms.
Police were alerted to something suspicious that had washed up on the shoreline on the beach at Charmouth shortly after 3pm today.
A cordon was put in place as bomb disposal experts headed to the scene to investigate.
A spokesman for Dorset Police said that on arrival the bomb squad ascertained that the item was a phosphorous marker shell and carried out a controlled detonation of the device.
She added that bomb squad left the scene at around 6.30pm.