Curbside Trash Collection Does Not Include UXO Disposal

London, Ontario An EOD unit from the Canadian Forces was called in by police after a homeowner left a live artillery shell out with the trash. The UXO (pictured below) was found by a local resident who noticed the bomb on his way to a doctor's appointment.



Air Force Embarrassed Over Lost Ammunition

Parshall, North Dakota The Air Force is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of ammunition that reportedly accidentally fell off a vehicle on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Minot Air Force Base spokeswoman Danielle Lucero told The Bismarck Tribune that a search involving base personnel was called off over the weekend after airmen exhausted efforts to find the missing ammunition.

100 Year Old Dynamite Found in Shed

Loweswater, United Kingdom a man clearing out an old storage shed on his rural property called police after he found six sticks of dynamite and six detonators. Two of the dynamite sticks were in a wooden box alongside the detonators, which were in a small tin and wrapped in a newspaper dated 1901.

Police responded and cordoned off the area and before taking photos to send to a bomb disposal team based in Catterick. The bomb squad instructed personnel not to handle or move the items as they prepared to send a team to respond.

The bomb squad arrived and carefully relocated the items to a hole they dug in a nearby field away from the farmhouse. The items were safely destroyed in a disposal shot.

WWII Era Bomb Removed FromConstruction Site

Hong Kong, China Authorities evacuated over 1,200 people from restaurants and offices in the Wanchai business district as a bomb disposal team worked to remove a WWII era 1,000 pound U.S. bomb from a construction site. The police reported that it was the third such discovery in the territory this year.

The bomb was exposed by the construction crew who called the police after realizing the potential danger. When the bomb disposal team arrived, the bomb was found laying vertical with two-thirds of the body buried underground.


Asked about the incident, bomb disposal officer Lai Ngo-yau was quoted in the local press - "we need to unearth at least part of the object before we start our operation.......Because the bomb is not stable, we need to do it very carefully".


More WWII Era Find on Isle of Man

Smeale, Isle of Man A civilian metal detector enthusiast found a WWII era UXO in Smeale in the north end of the island. The find was reported to authorities and an exclusion zone was setup by the local Coast Guard until a Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Unit from the UK could respond.


EOD disposed of the item (reported as a WWII era WP round - nomenclature not provided) in a controlled demolition shot. The Isle of Man Coast Guard released a statement to remind locals that "All suspicious objects found around the Manx coast should be reported as soon as possible."


Mortar Round Found in Centuries Old Scottish Mansion

Stirling, Scotland Army EOD were call to the grounds of Bannockburn House, an historic mansion in Scotland, after volunteers cleaning up the grounds discovered what appeared to be a munition in a garage.

One of the volunteers actually picked the item up before realizing its potential danger. The WWII-era UXO was safely detonated by EOD in a controlled explosion.

Mansion Bomb

Spiggot Mortar Discovered on UK Beach

Cleethorpes, United Kindgom A 200-meter safety cordon was set up and a controlled explosion carried out on a beach in Cleethorpes after a WWII spiggot mortar was found by a member of the public. According to the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, the device was discovered during a clean-up at the Cleethorpes nature reserve. Royal Air Force EOD confirmed that the munition still had explosive charge.

Cleethorpes 1


WWII Era UXO Find Causes Massive Evacuation

Berlin, Germany More than 10,000 people were evacuated from their homes and business while authorities responded to a WWII era British bomb found at a construction site. The evacuations also impacted one of Germany's busies train stations, a nearby hospital and court building.


Following the render safe operation, bomb disposal personnel were able to remove the bomb from the site and transport it off-site for disposal.


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Austria WWII Era Ordnance Clearance

Allentsteig, Austria Demolition operations began at the Allentsteig military training area to dispose of over 18 tons of UXO recovered from various construction sites around Austria and Germany. UXO, primarily consisting of WWI and WWII era ordnance, is disposed of twice a year at the Allentsteig facility located north of Vienna.


The two day disposal operation included a series of disposal shots to dispose of the large cache of ordnance which included allied bombs and other ordnance from WWII. Austria's defence minister, journalists and others were invited to witness the disposal shots from a bunker a safe distance away.


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