The beach at Rosemarkie was cordoned off following the discovery
The beach at Rosemarkie, on the Black Isle north of Inverness, was cordoned off following the discovery.
A bomb disposal team from HM Clyde at Faslane made it safe by blowing it up.
They were playing with it on the beach and a family wondered what they were doing and luckily came over and realised what it was
Tony Hampshire, Leiutenant to Commander
The coastguard were alerted to the device, thought to be a Second World War, 2-inch mortar.
But Leiutenant to Commander Tony Hampshire, commanding officer of the Northern Diving Group, said coastguards had told him the mortar was found by children.
Children played with an unexploded bomb
The coastguard were alerted to the device
"They were playing with it on the beach and a family wondered what they were doing and luckily came over and realised what it was," he said.
"Despite its era the explosive was probably intact and still dangerous. These devices should be treated with respect.
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"The family who realised the danger did absolutely the right thing. We are not even sure the mortar was found on the beach.
"The children may have found it elsewhere and brought it to play on the beach. It had the potential to cause damage."