Some historical relics from Ceredigion Museum came alive on Tuesday 10th January, as two 19th-century shells were safely detonated by a Bomb Disposal Unit.

The rifled muzzle loader shells were discovered in the 1880s on Gwbert beach by the Harbin family of Ty Gwyn farm, and have been kept in the museum stores for the last 10 years.

Although previously deemed safe, a recent check found traces of explosives. The museum curator Carrie Canham, said: “Although the shells have been inspected by various experts over the years, and were confident that they were safe, a recent check was carried out by the bomb disposal unit who found traces of explosive and recommended their safe disposal.”

The shells were taken to Borth beach and safely detonated by a Bomb Disposal Unit from Gloucester.

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Two 19th-century shells safely detonated on beach