11-Year-Old Luck to be Alive after UXO Encounter

Solomon Islands An eleven-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after suffering from severe burns to both hands from allegedly playing with a WWII 81mm mortar round. The munition had been exposed due to recent bad weather.

According to the boy's older brother, he spotted the 81mm mortar on the ground after climbing a tree. He climbed down and went to play with the munition.

When he reached down to touch it, he caught on fire, causing severe burns to boy's legs and hands. An elderly man who happened to be nearby, quickly put out the fire.

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Bomb Squad Responds To Aging Dynamite

Glendora, California the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department bomb squad responded to a residential property after the great-grandson of a deceased homeowner was cleaning out the basement when he found 22 sticks of very old dynamite in a cardboard box.

Members of the bomb squad, told reporters covering the find that the dynamite had turned grainy and deteriorated to the point that the nitroglycerin had crystallized resembling mold on cheese. Some sticks had bent and others looked as if they were about to break, said Det. Oscar Corcio, also on the bomb squad.

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EOD Heritage Museum Coming Soon

Funds are now being raised to support the creation of an EOD Heritage Museum. The museum will be located on the property of the Air Force Armament Museum, Eglin AFB, Florida. The museum will be in a newly built Quonset style building that offers 2,000 square feet of space to tell the amazing story of Explosive Ordnance Disposal. The museum will be open to the public with access outside of Eglin AFB.

The unique story of EOD dates back to its inception in 1941 to the present. There will be static displays, interactive storyboards and artifacts.

For many years, the conversation about having a historical museum that captures our history has been a topic discussed at various gatherings. Now the dream is ready to become a reality, but support is needed.

The building maintenance/upkeep are a donation, but the interior set up and design will come with a cost. Creators are truly looking forward to creating a place where they can tell the story of EOD in a personal way through a variety of display cases that hold artifacts, interactive holograms with headsets and more.

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Mortar Excavated during Renovations at Maui Home

Wailea, Hawaii An unexploded M49A2, 60mm mortar found during excavation at a Wailea residence was disposed of by an Army EOD team. Following the find, nearby residences were evacuated and Hoomua Drive was temporarily closed by the Maui Police Department's bomb squad.

The mortar was moved to an open field, where it was safely counter charged by EOD. The road was reopened, and residents were allowed back into the area.

Carolina Man Finds WWII UXO during Home Renovation

Durham, North Carolina Durham police and bomb squad responded to a home after the homeowner found a mortar round stamped 1942 while doing renovations. Dr. Ralph Haynes said he found the WW-II mortar round in his crawl space, behind a cement post. He moved it to his garage before calling police.

Officials from the Durham County Sheriff's Office's Bomb Squad evacuated the immediate area and safely removed the round. Haynes said he has no idea how the mortar ended up under his house.

Dog Digs up WWII Projectile on UK Beach

Lymington, New Forest, United Kingdom Police responded to a call for a munition that was reportedly uncovered by a dog digging in the sand. Officials closed the section of beach while awaiting arrival of an EOD team.

The Portsmouth EOD Detachment of the Royal Navy confirmed the item was an unexploded 5-in WWII Naval projectile. The item was safely blown up on-site in a controlled explosion and the cordon was lifted.

Stolen Car Investigation Leads to Munition Find

El Centro, California The El Centro Police Department (ECPD) conducting an investigation into a stolen car questioned two men at a hotel where the car was parked. The conversation led to a search of the hotel room where a mortar round was found along with the stolen car's keys, stolen checks, and methamphetamine. They also found a modified shotgun and ammunition inside the car.

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Munition Found Near Road

Lakewood, New Mexico Authorities responded to a munition off of Lake Road. New Mexico State Police Bomb Squad responded with additional technical assistance provided by an EOD team from Fort Bliss.

EOD determined the device was inert and relocated to Fort Bliss for proper disposal. Authorities are unsure how the ordnance ended up off the road.

Investigation Launched For Missing C-4

Twentynine Palms, CAFederal agents have launched an investigation into allegation that approximately 10-pounds of C-4 explosives have gone missing from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is investigating the matter. Marine Corps officials referred questions -- including when the explosives are believed to have gone missing, how they're typically safeguarded, what units were involved in the recent exercise, and whether any suspects have been identified -- to NCIS.

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Kids Praised for Their Response to WWII Anti-tank Mine Find

Slapton Sands, England Two young children are being heralded for their quick-thinking and wise decision making after they alerted authorities to a WWII anti-tank mine uncovered during a storm. The Dartmouth Coastguard Rescue Team was called to Slapton Sands after a report of the UXO on the beach.

According to a statement from the rescue team, "On our arrival we were met by the local family that had called us; they had been walking on the beach after the overnight storm. Their children ages 11 and 7, had spotted an upturned WWII anti-tank mine at the top of the beach, which had been uncovered during the storm. Living locally they knew the history of Slapton Sands and the significance of what they found and told their parents, who called the Coastguard."

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