A popular Melbourne beach has been declared safe and reopened after a bomb scare shut it down for several hours on Sunday afternoon.
As the temperature tipped 30C across the city, a family discovered multiple potentially dangerous explosives buried in the sand while cleaning around their beach box at Dromana Beach on the Mornington Peninsula about 1.15pm.
The family took the explosives to Rosebud police station where officers isolated the suspect devices and searched them.
They have since been declared safe.
Beachgoers were then evacuated from the sand as the police bomb squad swept the area with a sniffer dog to make sure there were no explosives remaining on the beach.
One beachgoer told 9 News they were surprised to hear about the explosives as they went to Dromana Beach often and had never seen anything like it.
Another beachgoer said it was pretty scary.
“Especially when the holidays are now here and people are excited to be on the beach,” they said.
It’s believed the explosives were about 30 years old.
Investigations into how the devices came to be at the beach continue, and anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.