Barcelona beach evacuated after 80-year-old bomb found in water

A beach in Barcelona was evacuated on Sunday (local time) after police found an explosive device in the water that appeared to be old, possibly dating back some 80 years to the Spanish Civil War, a Civil Guard spokeswoman said.

Police established a security perimeter of 250 metres around the device off the Sant Sebastia beach, one of Barcelona’s most popular beaches.

Navy specialists will arrive on Monday to deactivate the device, which could date back to the 1936-1939 Civil War, the spokeswoman said, adding the closure would remain in place until the area is made safe.

The device, located at a depth of 3 metres and 25 metres from the shore, was found by an off-duty police diver who happened to be swimming in the area, she added.



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