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Torpedo Rides Ashore in High Tide

Herm, Guernsey Due to some abnormally strong tides, a British WWII torpedo was unearthed on a beach in Herm. The Guernsey Police bomb squad went out to the island to investigate, and were happy to find that the item did not contain explosives.



Excavator Versus Grenade - A Battle of Fire and Ice

Cambridge, England Things got heated up during the construction of an ice rink in Cambridge as a grenade ignited the bucket of an excavator. Knowing the danger this presented to the job site, EOD technicians were called in to assist in removing other grenades on site.

The Royal Logistic Corps Bomb Disposal team arrived on scene and identified the grenades WWII era likely buried after the war. Due to the late hour, a perimeter was set up and the grenades were safely watched until the following morning when the bomb disposal team was able to safely detonate all the discovered items.

Drug Bust Turned Bomb Scare

Youngsville, Louisiana During a narcotics raid, the SWAT team responding was surprised to find what appeared to be military ordnance. Identifying the danger potentially present, the SWAT team cleared the area and called the bomb squad.

An EOD team, the ATF, and the Louisiana State Bomb squad all arrived on scene to provide support. EOD identified the item as an M7 WWII military rocket. The item was reported to be empty / inert.

MuniRem Enables Safe Removal of Projectile from Civil War Cannon

Nobody seems to know for certain how long the Napoleon 12-pounder Civil War Cannon had been placed outside the Tennessee State Capitol before being taken into the state museum (TSM). Neither is it clear exactly when it was actually taken into the shades and warmth of the Museum building, after the rain and shine during its days outside. Even less certain are the circumstances that led to the cannon ball lodged inside the cannon.

What is certain is that this 12-pounder bronze smooth-bore Napoleon cannon was used in Nathan Bedford Forrest's Cavalry and was given to Tennessee by Forrest's artillery chief John W. Morton. While the appetite for civil war artifacts amongst many Americans has remained high, thereby making the cannon itself an important part of the Civil War collection, the uncertainty and therefore the constant worry about the safety of such old weapons is never in doubt.



Diver Encounters Possible WWII Mine off English Coast

Falmouth, England A suspected WWII mine was found off the shore of Falmouth by a civilian diver. The item was encountered approximately 2,600 ft. from the coast. Realizing a potential threat, the diver called in the Coastguard to report his find.

The Coastguard contacted a Royal Navy bomb disposal team to investigate. Falmouth Coastguard personnel assisted the EOD team together to find the suspected bomb which EOD identified as a 9 foot long WWII era German 'G' Parachute Mine.



Canadian Government Pays Out Millions for UXO Claim

British Columbia, Canada Public records released this fall show that for a second time, the Canadian Government paid millions dollars to K & L Land Partnership for "compensation in environmental damages." The latest payment of $4.4 million comes just one year after it reached a legal settlement with the group for $11 million to avoid going to trial over claims it was negligent in failing to warn the developers about UXO on the property. Federal officials are not saying exactly why K & L Land Partnership received this second payout due to a confidentially agreement in place.

Back in 2005, K & L Land Partnership (a group 11 companies) purchased 1,349 acres of undeveloped land overlooking Lake Kalamalka near Vernon, B.C for $15 million dollars.


WWII Rounds Found At Construction Site

Peterborough, United Kingdom An EOD team from RAF Wittering responded to a site on High Street after reports that a set of four WWII era 40mm anti-aircraft rounds had been unearthed. EOD safely relocated the rounds to a nearby field and carried out a controlled disposal operation. A search of the area did not reveal any additional ordnance items.

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