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A HISTORIC World War II anti-aircraft shell which was found in a garden in Mossbank has been destroyed in a controlled explosion.

The coastguard said it was a live 25lb AT projectile.

The WW2 anti-aircraft shell which was found in a garden in Mossbank.

The item, from a garden of a property at Sandside, was moved to a safe location where a controlled explosion was carried out earlier today (Wednesday).

It is separate to a gas cylinder which was happened to be found on Sandside beach in Mossbank and prompted the coastguard to cordon off the area.

A Navy bomb disposal arrived in Shetland this morning to deal with both items.

The gas cylinder required no action.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said: “We can confirm that Royal Navy bomb disposal experts from the Clyde-based Northern Diving Group travelled to Shetland to investigate an item of suspected ordnance found in a garden there.

“The item was found to be an historic WW2 anti-aircraft shell. Northern Diving Group personnel moved the item to a safe location and carried out a controlled explosion.”

Police said they received a report of the item in the garden on Sunday (7 March). The coastguard said the gas cylinder was reported on Saturday.