Store Keeps Live Grenade On Display

Tumon, Guam Navy EOD was called to remove a live WWII era grenade from a clothing shop after a military service member shopping in the store noticed it on display. The store manager told authorities who responded that "a beachgoer" had dropped it off at the store about two weeks ago. The store manager also stated, "It was all rusted and everything and we thought it looked like a cool artifact."

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IABTI In-Service Training and Expo

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Residents Sue State Environmental Department of Over UXO

Honolulu, Hawaii The state Supreme Court heard arguments in a lawsuit raised by two residents over the Army's live-fire training at the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island. The lawsuit against the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) alleges that the Department failed to protect ceded lands from UXO contamination as a result of the Army's use of the area for military training.

The state Supreme Court case comes as a result of the state filling an appeal from a previous lawsuit where a circuit court judge ruled that that the state should do more to protect lands from destruction by pressuring the Army to address potential UXO at the site. In that case, the residents cited internal memos from 2011 and 2013 where DLNR acknowledged there's a likelihood or possibility of UXO on public trust ceded land yet according the plaintiffs' attorney, DLNR did nothing including never writing a letter "asking the Army can you clean things up."

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School Evacuated Over Ordnance Concerns

Wells, United Kingdom Police were called to Alderman Peel High School following reports that a student brought ordnance which he found on the beach to school. After seeing what was described as a corroded cylindrical metal object about 5 inches in length that looked suspicious, the principal evacuated the school and called the police.

Police called in an EOD team to investigate the item. EOD confirmed that the item was not hazardous and the school was re-opened to students. Police did remove the item from the school and thanked school officials for calling them to report the find. The police did states that the student had not acted maliciously, but rather brought in his beach find to "show his friends."

Swimming Pool Install Results In UXO Finds

Shangqiu, China Workers digging for a pool uncovered some suspicious objects in the dirt. The unaware workers initially thought the items were bricks or scrap metal debris. However, after a few more finds, the construction team became concerned and reported the finds to the authorities.

Shangqiu police responded and called in bomb disposal personnel for assistance. Within a day, more than 3,000 munitions related items were excavated from the area. Authorities suspect that the rusty munitions can be traced back 70 years to the Second Sino-Japanese War.

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Man Finds UXO While Mowing Lawn

Texarkana, Texas A man mowing his lawn at his house on Magnolia Street noticed something unusual sticking out of the ground. After digging around the item to get a better view, he noticed it was ordnance. The man called the local police department to report the find.

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Impact Area Fire Grows to 4,000 Acres

Fort Greely, Alaska BLM-Alaska Fire Service officials are monitoring the Oregon Lakes Impact Area Fire which has grown to over 4,000 acres. The fire is burning in a remote spot west of the Delta River that was burned over by the 2013 Mississippi Fire. The impact area is littered with UXO.

The Oregon Lakes fire was reported Range Control personnel who manage the Donnelly Training Area near Fort Greely. A spokesperson for the Fire Service released a statement that they "will continue to monitor the fire and work to contain it on Army-administered land."

1945 - Bomb Disposal Technical Bulletin No. 52

An excerpt from the 1945 Bomb Disposal Technical Information Bulletin No 53 issued by the Ordnance Bomb Disposal Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD published on 1 June 1945. The excerpt below is from the section of the bulletin titled "New Grenades Found On Luzon."

"The majority of the new type grenades found on Luzon were improvised grenades that could readily have been made up in the field. New types recovered are:"

  • 25mm shell case hand grenades
  • 30mm hollow-charge rifle grenades
  • Incendiary rifle grenades
  • Gas pipe hand grenades

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Legacies of War Recognition and UXO Removal Act

Washington, D.C. Rep. Duffy, Sean P. [R-WI] introduced HR 2097, 'Legacies of War Recognition and Unexploded Ordnance Removal Act' to recognize the Hmong, Khmer, Laotian, and other ethnic groups commonly referred to as Montagnards, who supported and defended the Armed Forces during the conflict in Southeast Asia and to authorize assistance to support activities relating to clearance of UXO and other explosive remnants of war.

The Bill mentions the tragic legacy of the conflict in Southeast Asia and the UXO which continues to "litter forests, rice fields, villages, school grounds, roads, and other populated areas hindering development and poverty reduction efforts" in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

The proposed Bill states that, "Since 1993, the United States has provided more than $3,400,000,000 in assistance to more than 100 countries, including more than $132M in Vietnam, $200M in Laos, and $140M in Cambodia.

To honor the Montagnard Freedom Fighters with recognition for their support and defense of the Armed Forces, it calls on Congress to "continue to support activities to clear UXO and other explosive remnants of war in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, and strengthen people-to-people ties and reaffirm America's long-standing commitment to Southeast Asia."

The draft Bill proposes an authorization and appropriation of $250M over a five year period (i.e., $50M for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2024).

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April 2019 UXO E-Newsletter Released

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