Yes, it is mustard... It does burn...

Legacy WW1 (and later) shells routinely wash up, or get caught in trawler nets, around the Welsh, Cornish and Irish coast, so it should have come as no surprise that when a shell, marked as mustard, is blown up on Whitesands Beach in the Gower, South Wales, that it contains mustard. Two members of the EOD team that did not take precautions were later treated at hospital for mustard burns. Presumably this has to happen every decade or so to remind people that mustard has an exceptionally long 'Use By’ date.

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Legacy WW1 (and later) shells routinely wash up, or get caught in trawler nets, around the Welsh, Cornish and Irish coast, so it should have come as no surprise that when a shell, marked as mustard, is blown up on Whitesands Beach in the Gower, South Wales, that it contains mustard. Two members of the EOD team that did not take precautions were later treated at hospital for mustard burns. Presumably this has to happen every decade or so to remind people that mustard has an exceptionally long 'Use By’ date.


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