Railway detonator handed to police after being spotted at Morecambe charity shop

A railway detonator has been handed in to police after it was found at a charity shop in Morecambe.

By Gayle Rouncivell
Friday, 28th January 2022, 9:54 am
Updated Friday, 28th January 2022, 10:15 am

British Transport Police Lancashire said the device was spotted at a shop in Morecambe before being handed in to the local police station on Thursday January 27.

National Rail Incident Response were called to attend the station and collect the detonator.

A railway detonator is a small explosive device which is strapped to a railway line to warn train drivers not to proceed onto a line which has been closed due to an obstruction or hazard.

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The railway detonator found in a Morecambe charity shop. Photo: BTP Lancashire

When a train passes over the device it explodes, emitting a loud bang which signals the driver to make an emergency stop.

BTP Lancashire said the device was made in around 1945 and had an expiry date of July 1950.

A spokesman said on social media: "A railway detonator was handed in to @MorecambePolice Station yesterday after it had been found at a charity shop in #Morecambe.

"Detonators are used on the railway as an emergency warning device.

"Network Rail Incident Response attended and collected the detonator.

"They did a bit of research and from the markings on it established this one was probably made around 1945.

"They have a 5-year expiry date for use, and this one had July 1950 on it."