Explosive Cup Holder - Man Drives Grenade To Police Station

Chattanooga, Tennessee A man drove his truck to the Hixson fire hall and informed the crew that he had a World War II Japanese hand grenade in his cup holder that he needed "help getting rid of the device." Firefighters took precautions and called the Chattanooga Police Department's Bomb Squad to help properly dispose of the grenade.


Cannonball Find While Gardening

Teesdale, United Kingdom A woman working in her garden found what is believed to be an old cannonball, possibly dating from the English Civil War. Concerned that the item might be dangerous, the woman reported the find to the police.

The police responded along with the bomb squad who safely transported the cannonball off-site for further analysis. After carrying out an x-ray, the bomb squad determined it was inert.


Museum Intern Makes Explosive Discovery

Norfolk, NebraskaThe Elkhorn Valley Museum was shut down after an intern found multiple ordnance items while reorganizing storerooms. The museum's executive director, Ashley Brown, who has a military background, contacted the Norfolk Police Division.

The Nebraska State Police bomb squad and Nebraska Air National Guard EOD team responded. EOD identified five of the ordnance were live including a WWII Mills grenade, a WWI 37-mm round, and a 20-mm shell for an anti-aircraft gun.

EOD removed the live ordnance for proper disposal. A few ordnance items were certified as inert and were allowed to remain in the museum's permanent collection.

Bombs Found In Maoao Bay

Taipei, Taiwan A local team of Navy and Coast Guard personnel are working to develop a plan to safely dispose of 13 unexploded bombs in waters off the northeastern coast of the country in Maoao Bay. A diver spotted the ordnance and reported the find to authorities.

A search of the area yielded 13 ordnance in all at a depth of 10-13 meters near what appeared to be an airplane propeller, according to authorities. The area has been cordoned off with buoys to prevent fishing boats, divers or ships coming near the location as they develop a plan to dispose of the hazard.

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Live Grenade in Goodwill Bin

West Bend, Wisconsin According to police reports, an employee at a West Bend Goodwill found a hand grenade in the donation bin. Officers safely evacuated the store and secured the surrounding area before requesting assistance from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office bomb disposal unit. A subsequent press release from officials confirmed that the hand grenade was live (specific type not reported) and that it was safely transported for disposal.

Preparations for VP Visit Interrupted by Ordnance Find

Harwich, Massachusetts In an ill-advised move, a resident drove an ordnance item he found in his basement to the Harwich Police Station. Police sent out a notice stating: "The parking area and lobby of the Public Safety Facility is CLOSED due to an unexploded military shell that was brought to the station. If you need to come to the station you must pull to the far right side of the fire station and call 430-7541. A dispatcher will speak with you and an officer will come to you. Please do not get out of your vehicle."

Officers placed the item in a cordoned off area of the parking lot. They notified the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad. The units were on Nantucket preparing for the visit of VP Mike Pence and Gov. Charlie Baker, so a state police helicopter was able to fly the members of the bomb squad back to the mainland. Barnstable Police then brought them to their vehicles, and they rushed to move the ordnance to a secure location where it was safely detonated. The troopers believed it was an an inert training aid used back in WWII. However, they did not want to take any chances with the item.

Boater Brings Live Ordnance to Marina

Carteret County, North Carolina Military ordnance was cause for concern at a Carteret County marina after a boater found the UXO in nearby waters. The ordnance was brought to Dudley's Marina by the boater, who transported the device from Browns Inlet to Dudley's Marina in Cedar Point. Upon arrival, employees of the marina notified law enforcement with N.C. Marine Patrol, who notified New River Air Station.

A Marine EOD unit from Camp Lejeune responded to secure the area. Several local agencies were involved in the disposal including Marine Patrol, the U.S. Coast Guard, Swansboro Fire Department, and Swansboro Police Department, and West Carteret Fire Department (WCFD).

Reportedly, the boater found the UXO on Browns Island which is a restricted area due to frequent live-fire training exercises conducted in the area. Civilians are not authorized to be on Browns Island without prior approval.

Artillery Shell Exposed By Heavy Rains In Park

Washington, D.C. A National Park Service crew working on a trail in a section of Fort Totten Park in Northeast D.C. discovered munitions debris from a 75 mm World War I-era shell that was revealed by recent heavy rains.

The section of the park, east of the Fort Totten Metro station and west of South Dakota Avenue Northeast, and bounded to the north and south by Galloway and Gallatin streets, was currently closed.

The Army is evaluating the ordnance and is expected to excavate it and destroy it at the Marine base in Quantico, Virginia. The park was originally part of D.C.'s defenses during the Civil War.

Homeowner Finds Buried Artillery Shell

Chicago, IL a homeowner doing lawn work uncovered an artillery round in his lawn. The man reported the find to police who reported with the local bomb squad.

According to the Chicago Police Department social media site: "a WWII artillery shell was located by a resident on the 3000 block of W. 38th Pl. District personnel responded, and summoned the bomb squad. They removed it to an alternate location after x-raying it and determining it was likely live.

The bomb squad safely disposed of the 75mm round.

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