An old but active hand-grenade was found by a couple of strollers on the beach at Porto de Mós. This is just the other side of Rocha Negra from Luz.
Just so you know what a 50 year old Portuguese hand grenade looks like, here is a photo of the object.
There isn’t any information about the couple of walkers in the news report, but they definitely know more about Portuguese munitions than I do.
A call to the authorities produced a quick response. “It was an explosive device about 50 years old,” said Captain Conceição Duarte, of the Port Authority of Lagos. The marines did not evacuate the beach as it was far away from the popular area. They set up an exclusion zone of about 300m around the device, and carried out a controlled explosion.
This is roughly the area in which the device was found, close to Rocha Negra.
Porto de Mós does have a bearing on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, but this story raises a different aspect. For those who tinker with the body-buried-on-beach idea, here is the reality.
This story is about a 50 year old hand grenade, a small object. It might have been buried in the sand and became exposed. It might have washed up from the sea. The truth is, I don’t know.
What I do know is that in this quiet cul-de-sac of Portugal, a very small device was found by a couple out walking. Porto de Mós beach is frequented by walkers, just like the beach at Luz. There is no hiding anything anywhere here, at least until you have a lot of knowledge where not to hide it.