A pensioner who raised the alarm after discovering what was thought to be a “bomb” on a North-east beach has spoken of his shock.
Former skipper Michael MacDonnell combs the coastline for driftwood and on Tuesday stumbled across what he thought was his most explosive find ever.
The 72-year-old, who helps curate Sandhaven’s Meal Mill visitor centre, said he spotted the strange white object, which was later found not to be dangerous, towards Pitullie. .
He was trying to pick it up when it dawned on him that he could be in danger.
“It was the strangest thing I’d ever seen, he said.
“At first I thought it was a buoy, but it was too heavy to move. Then I saw a black circle on the back of it and I thought it could have been a bomb.”
Mr MacDonnell’s call to the police, shortly after noon, prompted a swift response from both officers and two Coastguard teams.
The road between Sandhaven and Rosehearty was closed for about seven hours as they awaited the arrival of specialist bomb disposal teams.
They stood down at about 10.30pm when it was determined that the device – understood to be a piece of waste from an oil rig or boat – was not dangerous.
A spokeswoman for the police said: “This item has now been examined by the explosive ordnance disposal and confirmed not to be ordnance.”