Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park had to be evacuated in the early hours of this morning (Friday), after a guest unintentionally brought an unexploded ‘old hand grenade’ onto the site.

The discovery was made at around 1am last night.

Away Resorts Management, which runs the Bembridge site, said staff there ‘responded quickly’ and took advice from experts.

The Royal Navy Bomb Disposal team arrived at around 4.50am this morning and the explosive was detonated at first light.

A spokesperson said:

“Late last night, our Team at Whitecliff Bay were made aware that a guest had brought, unknowingly, an old hand grenade onto the Park, having found it on the beach.

The Team reacted quickly and efficiently taking advise from the experts which included the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Unit. A number of guests were vacated from their holiday homes, for their own safety and taken to the Nab Bar & Restaurant whilst the situation was resolved.

“The Bomb Disposal Team have successfully recovered the device and it has been detonated on the beach at first light.

“The safety of our customers and our owners is paramount and we are pleased to say everyone is now back in their accommodation.”

“Thank you to everyone involved for your help, support and patience, the Park will continue today, business as usual.”

No one was hurt following the discovery.