A surprise shell has caused a big stir at a popular Athens beach.
authorities evacuated the seafront Monday after a swimmer found a
corroded artillery shell just 10 yards from dry land, fished it out and
presented it to a lifeguard.
A coast guard statement said army
explosives experts were rushed to Vouliagmeni beach and safely disposed
of the munition. The 30-centimeter (12-inch) round dated to World War
II, when much of the coastline around Athens was heavily fortified.
have been flocking to nearby beaches over the past few days as the
country suffered an early heat wave, with temperatures over 30 degrees
Centigrade (86 Fahrenheit).
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