A Potentially Deadly Garden Display

Orchard Island, Florida UXO technicians working on as part of a USACE sponsored FUDS investigation at the Former Fort Pierce Naval Amphibious Training Base found a rocket and other munitions debris in a residential garden. Although the rocket was missing the fuze section, it was handled by Patrick Air Force EOD as an emergency response.

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Thousands Evacuated As Render Safe Operation Conducted

Brandenburg, Germany Nearly 3,000 residents had to be evacuated and nearby roads closed as a bomb disposal team performed a render safe operation on a WWII era 250-kg bomb. The UXO, identified as a U.S. bomb, was discovered during a pre-construction survey of the area.

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Army National Guard EOD Technician Killed By IED

Helmand, Afghanistan Sgt. James Slape, a 23-year-old EOD Technician assigned to the 430th EOD Company, North Carolina Army National Guard, was killed from an IED incident. According to published reports, after a blast had damaged a vehicle, Slape had left his vehicle and was working to clear the area when a second IED detonated.

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UXO Discovery Temporarily Closes Airport

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom Flights at RAF Cranwell were temporarily suspended after a WWI bomb was discovered during construction near a runway.

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Dredge Evacuated for Potential UXO Threat

Shoreham Harbour, United Kingdom A bomb disposal unit was called to inspect a suspect UXO hauled in by a dredge at Shoreham Harbour. Littlehampton Coastguard responded to inspect the ordnance. They then contacted EOD who recommended the item be left in position until could arrive.

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New Homeowner Finds "Boom Box" in Basement

White Township, Pennsylvania A new homeowner found an old wooden box under the stairs while renovating his home before moving in. Upon inspecting the contents, he found it filled with military munitions. He stuck it back under the stairs and continued with his project. It wasn't until it was actually time to move in that he decided he should contact authorities about the find.

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UXO is Not a Suitable Canvas for Artist's Work

Honolulu, Hawaii Artist Kahi Ching found an interesting object in Waikiki which he believed to be a piece of driftwood he could use for an art piece. After bringing it home, a friend suggested that it may indeed be something very different than wood and advised he contact authorities. The artist agreed and called the police.

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UK's MOD Issues UXO Warning To Magnet Fishermen

London, United Kingdom In a recent interview, officials from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) warned the public "that if they inadvertently disturb what they believe to be live ordnance, they contact their local police force as a matter of urgency." The warning was issued due to the recent growth of magnet fishing (trawling for metal objects in the water) throughout the United Kingdom, fueled in part by social media.

As people post pictures of interesting items they have found while magnet fishing such as old knives, guns, and UXO, more and more people are taking up the hobby and upgrading the size and strengths of magnets used in the process. Reportedly, it was a strong magnet that pulled two men into the water causing them to drown. Others are lured into the hobby as way to make extra money by recycling scrap metal.

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Tennessee Cannonball Mystery

Memphis, Tennessee an alert homeowner called the police after finding cannonballs in his front yard. The police call the bomb squad who took several x-rays of the items and identified them as inert Civil War era cannonballs. Authorities are unclear how the cannonballs ended up on the property and are investigating it further.

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