A Bazooka Birthday for Mississippi Boy

Moselle, Mississippi An 11-year old boy's birthday was made even more special after a visit from a U.S. Army EOD Team. The Jones County Sheriff's Department (JCSD) responded to the scene after the 11-year-old pulled a suspicious item from the mud by a creek near his home.

The fifth grader said, "I thought it was a pipe, but I grabbed it and I found a missile from Russia." He wanted to keep it, but his alarmed parents wisely notified authorities.

Once on the scene, JCSD contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who dispatched the EOD Team from Fort Polk, LA. The device turned out to be a spent training round from an M29 bazooka.


Not All 'Veggies' Are Good for You

Central Province, Kenya Kenyan police responded to settle a dispute between villagers in central Kenya over whether an object they found was an overgrown root vegetable or ordnance. The verdict was reached once Police arrived and identified the item as a mortar.


Grenade Discovered by Maintenance Staff

Suffolk, Virginia Suffolk Fire & Rescue and Suffolk Police responded to the scene of a UXO discovered by maintenance staff behind an unoccupied townhouse in Suffolk. Virginia State Police Bomb Squad and Navy EOD were called in to remove the unexploded grenade (type not reported).

According to Suffolk spokesperson Tim Kelley, two nearby residential buildings were evacuated as the units removed the grenade for further evaluation. No injuries were reported and an all clear was given. Officials are still investigating the origins of the ordnance.

Suspect Sea Mine Washes Ashore

North Somerset, England A Coastguard team was call out to the beach in Weston-super-Mare after a suspected 'sea mine' washed ashore. An EOD team was called to respond to investigate and identify the item.


Americans Spark Chaos at Israeli Airport with Souvenir UXO

Lod, Israel American Tourists caused quite a bomb scare at Israel's Ben Gurion airport after they declared unexploded ordnance to airport security at luggage drop off. Security officials evacuated and closed off the area.

The shell was reportedly found while visiting the Golan Heights, which Israel captured during the 1967 Six Day War. The Golan was also the site of extensive fighting during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

According to Israel's Airports Authority, one man was hospitalized after injuring himself trying to flee over a baggage carousel. The American travelers were interrogated by airport authorities but were eventually allowed to board their flight.

EOD Officer Dies In Training Exercise

O'ahu, Hawaii Lt. j.g. Aaron Fowler, 29, of Oklahoma, assigned to EOD Mobile Unit One, died in a training exercise at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Hawaii. He was participating in the third phase of Marine Corps Reconnaissance Leaders Course, at the time of his death.

The Marine Corps Reconnaissance Leaders Course is an 8-week long training that takes place in multiple locations. During the course, participants go through exercises that focus on planning and leading teams through amphibious, ground reconnaissance and patrolling operations. The third phase includes amphibious operations.

NCIS and local authorities are investigating the death, according to a statement released by the Navy. Fowler commissioned from the Naval Academy in 2018 and started with EOD Mobile Unit One in January 2022.

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