Virginia Woman Catches Cannonball Magnet Fishing

Colonial Heights, Virginia A woman magnet fishing in Swift Creek pulled in something a little different than her normal scrap metal - a live Civil War-era cannonball. The woman told reporters that she was using a "Magnetar Magnetics 1400-pound pull" when she "hooked" the large heavy object. Once she pulled the catch up, she noticed it was ordnance and she proceeded to notify the Colonial Heights Police Department, who then alerted State Police of the potential "unexploded ordnance."

Police responded to evacuate and lose the park while State Police bomb technicians safely detonated what was identified as a Civil War-era cannonball.


Old Ordnance Disrupts School Day in Maui

Kahului, Hawaii UXO forced students at the Lihikai School to have lunch and recess indoors as police responded to a nearby residence in Kahului for reports of an ordnance item in the garage.

According to police, the owner called police to remove the suspected explosive device. Roads in the area and nearby homes and classrooms at Lihikai were evacuated.

The Maui Police Department Special Response Team Bomb Squad responded and safely disarmed and removed the unidentified ordnance without incident. It will be turned over to the Army EOD for disposal.

Students and teachers who were in classrooms closest to the house with the UXO were relocated during the response and recess was held indoors to minimize movement on campus.

Couple Mourns the Loss of an "Old (Ordnance) Friend"

Pembrokeshire, Wales A couple who were unknowingly using a live bomb as a garden ornament were shocked when a police officer saw the munition and informed them that he needed to alert the Ministry of Defence.

The ordnance, which had been outside the home of Sian and Jeffrey Edwards since they moved in, is thought to date back to the late 19th century. The couple thought it was a "dummy" bomb and had no idea how dangerous it could have been. Sian Edwards even reported using it to bang her trowel on to remove dirt after gardening.


Piece of Previously Detonated Ordnance Wash Up on Beach

Studland, United Kingdom A bomb disposal squad was called to a Dorset beach after a piece of ordnance was discovered by a member of the public while walking at South Beach in Studland.

The person reported the find to the National Trust which responded to cordon off part of the beach and contacted emergency services.

The Swanage Coastguard team arrived to photograph and measure the item to send to the bomb disposal team for assessment. A Royal Navy bomb squad responded to confirm that the piece of ordnance no longer contained explosives and removed it from the scene.


Railroad Torpedoes Purchased from Flea Market

Garfield, New Jersey Collecting railroad memorabilia is a popular pastime for many and is typically a safe hobby, but not recently when a New Jersey man inadvertently purchased a box of explosives from a flea market.

According to police, the man bought a flare box in Burlington County, in South Jersey. The next day, when he realized "railroad torpedoes" were in the box, he called police. Police responded and evacuated 14 homes in the area.

Railroad torpedoes, otherwise known as railway detonators or track torpedoes, are small, wrapped explosives that were once put on tracks to warn train engineers to stop or slow down if there was an accident, fog, or another hazard ahead. The flares became largely unnecessary with widespread use of two-way radios.

Though small, they are designed to make a loud noise and are thus highly explosive. The Bergen County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad took control of the items without incident.

Civil War-era UXO Unearthed in South Carolina River

Columbia, South Carolina Hundreds of Civil War relics were discovered during the cleanup of the Congaree River in South Carolina. The artifacts, dating back more than a century and a half, were discovered while crews removed toxic tar-like material from the river.

The finds, believed to be evidence of Union Gen. William T. Sherman's Southern campaign near the end of the war, included bullets, cannonballs, and swords.


Police Bike Squad Discovers Grenades at Portland Dump

Portland, Oregon A Portland dump was closed after workers notified the police after finding two suspect hand grenades in the metal recycling area. The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Central Neighborhood Response Team Bike Squad responded and identified the hand grenades as unfuzed inert grenades. Despite being inert, the bomb squad was called in to properly dispose of the items so they would not cause another response call.

EOD Responds to Alaskan Wildlife Refuge

Cold Bay, Alaska Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson EOD traveled to Cold Bay, near the western end of the Alaska Peninsula, after a local hunter reported what appeared to be a large, unexploded artillery shell. The ordnance was discovered in the federally protected Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, a key habitat for many migratory birds and other wildlife.

According to U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tyrone Powell, the EOD team leader confirmed that the find was an unexploded military round. Powell said, "It's big artillery. When we pulled it out of the ground, it weighed probably six or seven hundred pounds. It took four of us to pull it out."


Navy EOD Officer Retention Incentive Program

Annapolis, MD The US Navy announced an incentive program for EOD LTs and LCDRs. Under the new EOD bonus system, eligible LTs who sign a four-year contract are eligible for a $72,000 bonus (or $12,500 annually for two more years of service). LCDRs are eligible for up to $100,000 if they agree to four more years of service (or $30,000 for a two-year contract). Navy EOD Officers who are within one year of eligibility may apply for the program through their respective COs.

Air Force EOD dispose of 98 TNT blocks

Article Copied From: eielson.afmil

Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska The U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal team here received a call on Sep. 28, from archaeologists who had unearthed a crate of TNT and executed a controlled detonation near Tok, Alaska.

Air Force EOD members provide an emergency response capability for the Air Force and Joint Commanders to detect, locate, access, diagnose, render safe, recover, and dispose of explosive ordnance. These missions include disposing of ordnance for the Air Force and nearby communities.


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