Hand Grenade Found Behind Store

Fairfield, California Police were called to reports of a hand grenade behind a 99 Cent Only store along the 600 block of Beck Avenue near Cadenasso Drive. The store was evacuated as police inspected the item. After confirming it was a military grenade, the police called an EOD team from Travis Air Force Base for technical support. EOD responded and safely removed the grenade for proper disposal (specific type or condition not reported).

Authorities are conducting an investigation to attempt to find out how the grenade ended up behind the store.

Veterans Day 2019

November 11, 2019

On this Veterans Day, please remember to thank a Veteran for the sacrifices they made in support of our great country. We especially like to thank all those who have served or are serving in EOD as it takes a unique and brave individual to accept the mission of defeating IEDs and disposing of explosive threats.

Please also keep the families most touched and impacted by the risks faced by EOD in your thoughts and prayers as you reflect back on this Veteran's Day.

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In the words of late President Ronald Reagan - "We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty."

WWI Grenade Prompts School Evacuation

Vienna, Austria A pre-school had to evacuated after a WW II hand grenade was found inside a tree at the school's playground. A worker at the school was the first to discover the grenade which was wedged in a tree in a garden on school grounds.

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Schonstedt Magnetic Locators Support Somalia Demining Efforts

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How the Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Initiative is Helping to Save Lives Worldwide:

Kearneysville, West Virginia In collaboration with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), four Magnetic Locators from Schonstedt Instrument Company have deployed to Somalia, approximately 6 miles north of the nation's capital, Mogadishu, to locate explosive remnants of war (ERW).

About the Site:

The Daynile district, located in the Banaadir region of Somalia, encompasses the northern outskirts of the nation's capital, Mogadishu. Approximately 6 miles north of the central part of Mogadishu also lies a former ammunition storage site.

At the site, most ammunition bunkers were destroyed, and some of them collapsed inward, leaving approximately 98 acres of land (400,000 m2) contaminated with explosive hazards. Located near an airstrip, the site may also become a relocation site for Internally Displaced Persons.

Initial clearance operations cleared more than 20,300 ERW, but additional ERW likely remain buried beneath the collapsed bunkers and surrounding areas. With UNMAS-supported demining teams conducting further clearance operations, Schonstedt GA-72Cd Magnetic Locators will aid in the detection and clearance of remaining ERW and other UXO (Unexploded Ordnance).

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High Tide Hinders Detonation of Corroded, Beached Ordnance

Mexico Beach, Florida Tyndall Air Force Base EOD responded to the Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe area for a corroded cluster of suspect WWII-era ordnance that washed ashore. The items were heavily corroded and an attempted demolition / disposal had to be rescheduled when the initial detonation failed due to the rising high tide.

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Joint Effort To Clear Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands New Zealand's Defense Force (NZDF) deployed 21 EOD Technicians to Solomon Islands to aid in the removal of WWII era UXO. The two week deployment will focus on reconnaissance and removal on the island of Kohingo.

NZDF will be assisting both Australian Defense Force and Royal Solomon Islands Police Force personnel in both and land and underwater operations.

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Veteran's Keepsakes are Cause for Concern

Twin Falls, Idaho A southern Idaho family was looking through an elderly relative's belongings when they were shocked to find two WWII-era grenades. One was found inside a shadow box and the other mixed in with other memorabilia belonging to the 94-year-old veteran.

The man's son-in-law did some research and decide to report to find to authorities, according to the Twin Falls Police Bomb Squad. The grenade in the shadow box was determined to be inert, but the other was deemed live. The Mountain Home Air Force Base EOD team was called in to detonate the ordnance at a local landfill.

British EOD Responds to Hand Grenade Find on Beach

Yaverland, United Kingdom Bembridge Coastguard responded to reports of a grenade at the beach. The Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team cordoned off the area and called in the Royal Navy for assistance.

An EOD team from Portsmouth who was already out on another call responded to provide technical support. EOD identified the grenade as a WW2 Mills Grenade.

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Artillery Shell Found in Bulgarian Riverbed

Plovdiv , Bulgaria A corroded UXO was discovered on the riverbed of the Maritsa near Plovdiv. The 91st Engineer Battalion for General Maintenance - Plovdiv has identified the item as a 37 mm artillery shell. The item was safely removed and transported to a secure location for disposal according to the press office of the Ministry of Defense.

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Suspect Show and Tell Item Sparks School Evacuation

Isleworth, United Kingdom Officers from the Metropolitan Police were called to The Blue School in Isleworth after a child brought in a WWII shell in for show and tell. The London Fire Brigade also responded to the call for a reported UXO on the campus. A school-wide evacuation was ordered, and a 200-metre wide cordon was put in place as the ordnance (specific type not reported) was safely removed.

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