CLEARING WEAPONRY

DURING THE FIRST AND SECOND WORLD WAR, SEVERAL LINES OF DEFENCE WERE BUILT ALONG OUR COAST AND NUMEROUS BOMBING CAMPAIGNS WERE CARRIED OUT. MANY OF THOSE ARMAMENTS LIE BURIED UNDER THE SAND BUT ARE STILL ACTIVE.

Since 1997, the Coastal Division has been systematically searching the beaches for unexploded weaponry from both World Wars. Using ferromagnetic measurements, charts of anomalies are created. These can be metallic objects, such as bombs and mortars, but also harmless metal objects. Based on these charts and historical research, a specific area is identified to dig for those objects. If dangerous explosives are found, the Bomb Disposal Squad of the Belgian army (DOVO) is brought in to destroy them. The local authorities are involved in this to ensure that the safety procedures are followed.

In this way, the beaches of De Panne and Koksijde and large parts of the beach of Ostend and Bredene have been cleared. Currently, it is the turn of the beach of Wenduine.