Early this afternoon, as we were eating lunch, I felt our building shake and I saw the television and the plant beside it move. I assumed that it was an earthquake. I stepped outside onto the balcony and I saw people from other buildings doing the same, wondering what was going on. I didn’t feel any further trembling and soon thereafter we headed to the beach. However, the beach that we’ve recently been enjoying, Plage Neptune, was closed and had police tape around it. We also saw a video camera set up pointing towards the water and a police boat in the water. This is not normal to see on the beaches of Nice.
After dinner this evening, we headed back to the beach and noticed that Plage Neptune was open again. It’s my favourite beach as it’s directly across the Promenade des Anglais from the Hotel Negresco – quite beautiful, especially in the evening.
After we returned home, I discovered online what the apparent “earthquake” was and it’s connection to the police activity on the beach. It wasn’t an earthquake at all. Actually, a WWII shell (undetonated) was found only 10 metres from the shore and in only 3 metres of water on the same beach that we’ve been swimming at, opposite the Hotel Negresco. It was spotted earlier today by a swimmer. A large security perimeter (100 meters from the sea to the floor) was then established.
- Un obus signalé tout près du rivage, plusieurs plages de Nice évacuées
- WWII shell found on glitzy French Riviera beach