Resident Brings WWII Era Grenade to Mayor's Office

Asam, Guam Mayor Salas was ready to leave work for the day when a man walked into his office with a WWII-era UXO wrapped in a rag that he had found while while working in his yard.

Mayor Salas promptly called EOD who responded and identified the item as a live WWII-era hand grenade. EOD removed the hand grenade for proper disposal.

Even though residents are urged to call the police as soon as UXO items are found, residents continue to hand-deliver UXO items to local government officials. Other Guam Mayors have reported similar situations where residents bring ordnance to Government offices for disposal.

Mayor Salas believes that the community hasn't been reached by the Government awareness campaign and asks that if an ordnance is found, to not touch it and call 911.<.p>

WWII Ordnance Found on Selsey Beach, UK

Chichester, United Kingdom Two UXO items were found washed up on Selsey Beach in Chichester, UK.

According to sources, the Coastguard was called to the scene and the beach was cordoned off to protect the public. Pictures were taken and subsequently sent to a Royal Navy EOD Team for examination and it was later confirmed that the items were unexploded bombs left over from WWII. Two controlled explosions were then carried out on the beach by EOD.



Homeless Shelter Moved Due To UXO

Santa Rosa, California Government officials have decided against housing a homeless encampment on a parking lot near the Sonoma County Airport due to the potential for UXO as the parking lot is located within the former site of the WWII-era Santa Rosa Army Airfield.

In the early eighties, the area was a hotbed of development and in 1982, ampules from CAIS kits were discovered by construction crews during the digging of a sewer line. Further development in the area uncovered dozens more items.

Due to the concerns for more CAIS and the possibility for UXO in the area, city officials opted not to take the risk and decided to relocate the homeless encampment elsewhere.

Florida Beachgoer Detects WWII Landmine

Vero Beach, Florida When Jeff Emlet's metal detector went off on Vero Beach recently, it prompted him to use his bare hands to dig up what turned out to be an old landmine. Realizing that it was likely ordnance, he dropped his metal detector and ran back to warn others in the area to stay away.

County fire officials confirmed it was a landmine, and EOD from Patrick AFB responded to remove it. Nearby Round Island Beach Park was used for WWII training at the Fort Pierce Naval Amphibious Training Base, and several land mines have washed up in the area over the past few years.

Officials issued a reminder the those who think they have stumbled on an old land mine are advised to back away immediately and call 911.


December 2019 Newsletter Released

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EPA Releases Long Awaited Report on Alternative OB/OD Technologies

Washington, D.C. The EPA finally released its final report on Alternatives To OB/OD of energetic hazardous wastes after studying the topic for nearly two years. The report merely presents an overview of alternative treatment technologies organized by the following categories:

  • case opening technologies for what EPA classifies as thick and thin cased munitions;
  • energetic material removal technologies;
  • energetic material destruction technologies; and
  • decontamination technologies.

    The report presents information on several specific technologies or approaches within each category that have been used in CONUS or internationally and included technologies that were "widely tested, but had limited success."


Merry Christmas From

Season's Greetings Readers,

As the holiday season is upon us, I want take a moment to pay tribute to all the troops protecting and supporting our great country by keeping us all safe. I know many of you cannot be home for the holidays, so please know that this and all the other sacrifices you make each day do not go unnoticed. Thank you for your contributions to making this world a better, less dangerous place.

I also want to recognize all the UXO technicians who work hard throughout the year, spending countless days away from their families, especially during the holiday season. Without you, the industry would not exist. You are the lifeline that makes it successful year after year.

Finally, I would like to wish everyone peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming new year. I thank you for your continued support and look forward to working with you in the years to come.

Best wishes for a very Happy Holiday and a safe, joyful New Year,

Jenna Client Relations Manager / OHI
Phone: (443) 522-2933 ext 1000
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