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    More than a thousand 84-millimetre anti-tank missiles have now been washed up ion the southwest coast of Britain.

  • Description

    More than a thousand 84-millimetre anti-tank missiles have now been washed up ion the southwest coast of Britain.

    A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence was unable to say where they came from. But one theory was that they were washed overboard form a freighter in the Atlantic.

    Although the missiles are designed for training purposes and do not carry warheads, they are still considered dangerous. This is because the cordite charge used to fire them weighs about half-a-pound... enough to kill.

    The crates of missiles began to appear on British beaches last week. Others were found on the southern coast of the Irish Republic.

    Boxes estimated to contain nearly half a million rounds of machine gun ammunition have also been washed up.

    SYNOPSIS: On the south western coast of Britain, navel explosives exports and police have been rounding up hundreds of antitank missiles that have been washed ashore.

    The rockets are German-made and of a type used by NATO, but where they came from is a mystery. They could have ben washed overboard from a ship in the Atlantic, although no loss has been reported. Some missiles have been detonated on the spot but most have been taken to a naval base in Plymouth to be stored with ammunition recently washed up on the Pembroke coast.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8YMIODR15H4NX4LMX6TQQ24YN
    Media URN:
    VLVA8YMIODR15H4NX4LMX6TQQ24YN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/02/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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