FIREFIGHTERS tackling a wildfire sparked by a BBQ near a nudist beach discovered an unexploded WW2 bomb amid the chaos.
Over 90 firefighters charged to naked frolicking hotspot Knoll Beach on Dorset’s Studland peninsula as an inferno tore through around 1pm on Friday.
Chaos ensued as 12 fire engines, three water carriers and eight small vehicles fought back the flames off Ferry Road before being forced to roll out a powerful pump to suck water out the sea.
But in a shocking update, firefighters revealed that as they were working on Saturday morning to ensure the blaze did not reignite – they stumbled upon a suspected WW2 ordnance.
In a statement, Dorset Police said a bomb disposal unit had been called to the scene, near Poole.
They added: “Residents and members of the public may hear a loud bang while this device is dealt with.”
It is unclear how big or what exactly the munition was.
But events went from bad to worst when more than 300 dim-witted motorists ignored no park signs and began moving hoses so they could park mere yards from the site of the inferno.
The dangerous actions saw Dorset Police issue a despairing plea, demanding the public help not hinder the blaze effort on Saturday.
The daft behaviour saw one irate person tweet: “Get the tow truck out.”
The blaze at Studland Heath caused traffic chaos and scorched almost ten acres, with massive plumes of smoke seen for 15 miles.
The chain ferry at millionaire’s resort Sandbanks, which carries tourists to Studland, was closed and visitors were evacuated from the beauty spot while firefighters battled the inferno.
Bosses have warned the public not to use disposable barbecues or leave glass bottles as they can catch the sun’s rays.
And given the tinder dry conditions, one spark risks igniting a vast wildfire.
A spokesman for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Rescue Service said: “Amazingly, someone took a barbecue to Studland, that’s what started this fire and we need help from the public to stop these fires starting in the first place.”
World-famous Knoll Beach has been a popular naturist hangout since the 1920s and is considered the best in Britain by those in the nude.
It comes as more than half of Britain is shown baked brown in an eye-opening satellite image.
A four-day amber alert for extreme heat from the Met Office is currently in place for much of England and Wales until tomorrow, with warnings of health impacts and disruption to travel.
A drought has also been declared as the government formally announced eight areas of the country are experiencing a prolonged water shortage.
This includes: Devon and Cornwall, Solent and South Downs, Kent, south London and East Sussex, Herts and north London, East Anglia, Thames, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, and the East Midlands.
It follows the driest July for 87 years with Britain’s scorched landscape seeing barely any rainfall in weeks.