Dad Shares Innocent Photo Of His Son At Beach, Authorities Act Fast After Spotting Small Detail

In a startling turn of events, a family narrowly averted disaster after unknowingly posing for photographs next to an unexploded World War II mine, initially mistaken for a harmless buoy. Kelly Gravell, accompanied by her two children, stumbled upon the seaweed-covered object on a beach near Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, last Wednesday.

Photo Credit: Gareth Gravell/Facebook

Photo Credit: Gareth Gravell/Facebook

The 32-year-old mother was left astonished when the beach, frequented by her family, was abruptly closed five days later. Carmarthenshire Council rangers identified the object as a 70-year-old bomb and promptly called in the bomb squad to neutralize the potential threat. Dramatic footage captured a significant explosion on the far side of the harbor after experts carried out a controlled detonation.

Gareth, the father, took to Twitter to express his surprise, sharing images of Erin, six, and Ellis, four, playfully interacting with the disguised explosive. His tweet humorously noted, “So the buoy my kids were jumping on all weekend turns out to be a WWII bomb. Oops.”

Photo Credit: Kelly Gravell/Facebook

Photo Credit: Kelly Gravell/Facebook

Reflecting on the incident, Ms. Gravell remarked, “We were close to disaster – it’s shocking.” The couple, who run a waste management firm, expressed their intent to return to the beach, emphasizing that while they wouldn’t be overly concerned, they would exercise increased caution.

Photo Credit: Adam Why/Youtube

Photo Credit: Adam Why/Youtube

Ms. Gravell stated, “I wouldn’t be worried about going back, but we will definitely be more cautious when we do. We’ll definitely think twice before messing with something like that in the future, and we went down for a look to see it get blown up.”

Councillor Meryl Gravell, executive board member for leisure at Carmarthenshire Council, assured the public that appropriate action had been taken to address the situation. Despite any inconvenience caused by the temporary beach closure, she extended apologies to the public.

Photo Credit: Adam Why/Youtube

Photo Credit: Adam Why/Youtube

The family’s unwitting encounter with the unexploded bomb serves as a stark reminder of the hidden dangers that remnants of wartime history can pose, even in seemingly serene coastal settings. The incident underscores the importance of vigilance and caution when exploring unfamiliar objects on the beach, as the potential risks might not always be apparent at first glance.

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