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Kids play with barnacle-covered World War II bomb in Wales

"So the buoy my kids were jumping on all weekend turns out to be a WWII bomb. Oops!!" Gareth Gravell tweeted.

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Ben Hooper

BURRY PORT, Wales, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A barnacle-covered buoy discovered by a pair of curious young children at a Welsh beach was later found to be a bomb from World War II.

Gareth and Kelly Gravell, who visited West Beach in Burry Port with their children, 6-year-old Erin and 4-year-old Ellis, said they did not suspect the item was anything other than an old buoy when their kids asked if they could play with it.

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"We didn't take much notice of the buoy," Kelly Gravell told CBS News. "We were looking at the barnacles -- it was quite unusual."

It wasn't until a couple of days later when Pembrey Country Park officials determined the item was actually a U.S.-made bomb from World War II.

"So the buoy my kids were jumping on all weekend turns out to be a WWII bomb. Oops!!" Gareth Gravell tweeted.

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Park officials shared pictures of the bomb on Facebook.

A video posted Wednesday showed the bomb being destroyed in a controlled demolition by Royal Navy officers.

WATCH: Video of controlled explosion carried out by the Royal Navy at Burry Port HarbourGWYLIWCH: Fideo o’r ffrwydrad dan reolaeth gan y Lynges Frenhinol ym Mhorthladd Porth Tywyn - PCSO Sion Moore

Posted by Pembrey Country Park on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

"It was a complete shock," Kelly Gravell said. "The story could have been a lot different had that gone off."

"In the future, we're going to approach [unknown objects on the beach] with care," she said.

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