Marine marker bomb scare shuts down Teewah Beach

NO ENTRY: Police block off Teewah Beach yesterday after a suspicious device was found, later identified as a marine marker.
NO ENTRY: Police block off Teewah Beach yesterday after a suspicious device was found, later identified as a marine marker. Iain Curry

ARMY explosives experts have destroyed a marine marker that caused the closure of Teewah Beach.

The beach was closed about 10km north of Teewah Beach campgrounds and a 150m exclusion zone was set up after a beachgoer reported a suspicious device about 11am yesterday.

Sunshine Coast Daily motoring photojournalist Iain Curry was at the scene.

He was at Teewah Beach for a motoring review when he came across police officers.

"If you get flagged down by police when beach driving to Double Island Point, you'd typically expect a random breath test or even a speeding fine," Mr Curry said.

"But never a smoking explosive."

He said the police officer stopping traffic at the scene managed a smile while explaining some kind of explosive device had been found on the beach, as though there was a level of disbelief at the situation.

"Police kept four-wheel-drive owners at a safe distance from the explosive, which was hidden behind a sand bar but a decent amount of smoke could be seen rising from the site.

"Police informed us the bomb squad was on its way but that the beach would be closed for a number of hours.

"Fortunately, with holiday season not in full swing yet, the beach was relatively quiet so only a dozen or so four-wheel-drive vehicles were waiting at the beach road block to see the outcome."

A Department of Defence spokesman said explosive ordinance team members travelled from Enoggera Barracks in Brisbane to the beach location to identify the object.

He said it was common for marine markers, containing phosphorous or magnesium, to wash up on Queensland beaches. The marker was disposed of on the beach without incident.

Teewah Beach was reopened to the public yesterday afternoon.

The spokesman said if anyone saw anything suspicious on beaches, it was important they didn't touch them but instead call police.

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