Aid Workers Killed by UXO Blast inside Apartment

West Honiara, Solomon Islands Two foreign nationals have lost their lives in the Solomon Islands during a bomb blast last night at their apartment in Tasahe, West Honiara. According to police reports, the two, an Australian and a British citizen, were working for a non-government Norwegian aid agency conducting a survey on UXO.

The agency, Norwegian Peoples Aid, has identified them as Trent Lee and Stephen Atkinson. The blast occurred inside the men's rented home and was felt more than three miles away.

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Cache of Ordnance Washes Ashore on UK Beach

Drigg Beach, United Kingdom A Millom Coastguard Rescue Team responded to a call for suspicious items that washed up on the Beach. The team confirmed that the items were military munitions, likely WWII-era. They sent photos to the Royal Navy EOD Team from Northern Diving Group at Faslane who came to safely dispose of the items.

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Pool Excavation Yields Civil War-Era Ordnance

Miami, Florida An evacuation for a pool on a residential property was temporary halted after a homeowner discovered ordnance while digging. According to Lt. David Golt of the Miami Shores Police Department, "The bomb squad contacted the military who responded and indicated that it is a very old, possible Civil War-era device."

He went on to say, "The military has removed the device. It is unknown at this time if it would still be active. The scene is being re-opened." The rusty munition was deemed safe and people were allowed back into the neighborhood.

Army Sergeant Charged For Allegedly Stealing Munitions

Dawsonville, Georgia A U.S. Army sergeant has been arrested and charged by local authorities for allegedly stealing over a dozen explosive devices from the Camp Merrill Training Facility. Sgt. Jesse Gray Phillips, 23, was arrested after investigators received an anonymous tip, leading them to find multiple illegal explosive devices, firearms and narcotics in Phillips' vehicle and residence.

Investigators conducted a traffic stop on Phillips' vehicle near his home. A subsequent search of the vehicle reportedly resulted in two military smoke grenades and a handgun. A subsequent search of the suspect's home reportedly led to the discovery of 15 ground burst M115 devices, four blasting caps, an additional smoke grenade, and two rifles.

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British EOD Unit Responds to Multiple Grenade Finds

Leicester, United Kingdom Two hand grenades were removed from River Soar at frog Island within hours of each other. Army EOD had barely left the scene with the first device, discovered by magnet fishermen, when a second was discovered.

Part of a bridge over the river was cordoned off while Leicestershire Police guarded the first explosive device as it sat in a bucket awaiting proper disposal. At the same time, a magnet fisherman on the other bank of the river found the 2nd hand grenade. Both grenades are suspected to be WWII-era devices.

WWI Grenade Disposal

Saling, United Kingdom A British EOD unit from Colchester performed a controlled explosion after a member of the public found an unexploded WWI hand grenade. Braintree Police assisted in the operation by providing security and establishing an exclusion zone.

Hiker Stumbles Upon UXO

Okanagan, British Columbia A hiker stumbled across a UXO in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. The UXO was the 2nd to be found in the matter of months as the property once served as a WWII Canadian Forces training area.

A Canadian Forces EOD unit was called in to respond to the two finds with the most recent find shown below identified as a live WWII era mortar round.

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State Regulation Bans Geophysical Surveys in Waterways

Boson, Massachusetts MassDevelopment reported that three UXO items were found by magnet fishers at two locations in the Nashua River on two separate occasions. A heavily corroded mortar shell and hand grenade were found July 24, about a half-mile south of the Hospital Road Bridge. Another corroded hand grenade was found Aug. 12 just off the south side of the Hospital Road Bridge.

MassDevelopment reportedly notified the U.S. Army, USEPA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and the towns of Harvard, Shirley, Ayer, and Lancaster.

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Munition Find On Property of Vacant House

Federalsburg, Maryland The Federalsburg Police Department and Maryland State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad responded to a vacant residential house for a report of a military ordnance.

According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, "the property manager was removing debris from the backyard when he unearthed the military ordnance. He notified the police who contacted the bomb squad."

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