Dredging up Danger in British Harbor

Portsmouth, United Kingdom A WWII bomb containing 290 pounds of high explosives was discovered in the Portsmouth harbor by a dredging vessel. Divers from the Royal Navy's Portsmouth-based Southern Diving Unit 2 responded and deemed the ordnance to be of high threat.

All ferries were stopped and trains between Portsmouth and Southsea station and Portsmouth Harbour were suspended while experts towed the munition, identified as a German SC250 bomb, out to sea for controlled detonation.

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UXO Specialists Wanted

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For over 40 years, Bay West LLC (Bay West) has been a recognized leader delivering Environmental Solutions nation-wide. Bay West is performing Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) projects at various sites around the United States. Bay West is currently seeking Senior Unexploded Ordnance Supervisor (SUXOS), Unexploded Ordnance Safety Officer (UXOSO), Unexploded Ordnance Quality Control Specialist (UXOQCS) and Unexploded Ordnance Technicians (UXOT) for the upcoming field season.

  • SUXOS - Candidates will be responsible for planning, coordinating, directing and supervising all on-site munitions response and operational range clearance activities. Must have military EOD certification and/or civilian UXO certification plus a minimum of 10 years of progressively more responsible UXO experience. Applicants with civilian UXO certifications will require 13 years of progressively more responsible UXO experience.
  • UXOQCS - Candidates will be responsible for ensuring compliance with approved work plans and verifying that work meets contract specifications. Must have military EOD certification and/or civilian UXO certification plus a minimum of 8 years of progressively more responsible UXO experience. Applicants with civilian UXO certifications will require 10 years of progressively more responsible UXO experience.
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EOD to Dispose of UXO on Plum Tree Island

Newport News, Virginia The 633rd Civil Engineering Squadron EOD from the Joint Base Langley-Eustis will dispose of three UXO on Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel discovered the items in January.

One has been identified as a rocket warhead and the other two are marine markers. Plum Tree Island was utilized as a bombing range from 1917 to the late 1950s.

Residents in the adjacent areas have been notified that explosions may be heard during disposal operations.

Large Scale Evacuation Conducted For UXO Operation

Thessaloniki, Greece Authorities executed a large scale evacuation of people (nearly 70,000) in support of a bomb disposal operational. A public campaign launched days in advance included flyers, posters, and public announcements warning residents about the need to evacuate for safety.

The evacuation was necessary so bomb disposal technicians could render safe a U.S. WWII era 250-pound bomb. The bomb was recently found buried beneath a gas station during a construction project to expand the tank farm.

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Help Wanted - Ordnance Technicians (multiple positions)

Ordnance Technicians (supporting / maintaining new ordnance stocks. Multiple full-time positions available for Ordnance Technicians Level I and II.

Candidates must have demonstrated expertise in the execution of multiple ordnance/energetics processes following Navy guidance and established SOPs.

Qualifications:

  • Ordnance Technicians II  3 years experience performing explosive operations (or BA/BS degree). Capable of leading a crew performing explosive processes.
  • Ordnance Technicians I  1-year experience performing explosive operations.

Full time positions in Maryland and VA. Candidates must be capable of meeting all applicable physical and technical competency requirements.

Security  must be eligible to obtain Secret clearance (candidates with existing clearance a plus).

Interested candidates should send resume and qualifications to Jenna jenna@uxoinfo.com.

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Live Hand Grenade Found on Residential Property

Clemson, South Carolina A homeowner called police after finding a hand grenade near a tree on his property. The police called EOD who responded and removed the grenade for proper disposal. It's unclear how the grenade, which appeared to be intact, ended up on the property.

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Congressional EOD Caucus Expands

Washington, D.C Formed in 2011 by Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AK) and Susan Davis (D-CA), the Congressional EOD Caucus has been reaffirmed for the 115th Congress with the addition of co-chairs Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) and Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN).

Mast is a former Army EOD technician who served in Afghanistan while Waltz is a retired command Sg. Major with the Army National Guard.

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500 British Bomb Located During Survey

Suffolk, United Kingdom A geophysical survey crew located a 500 pound bomb and a mortar round at a project site in Thetford Forest (the largest pine forest in the U.K.).

The area is known to contain UXO therefore, the Forestry Commission who owns the site had the survey completed in support of an upcoming construction project. The bomb was detected with GPR and the Suffolk police kept guard on the items overnight until the bomb disposal team was able to blow the items in place the following day.

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Boy Finds Grenade, Practices 3Rs

West Hartford, Connecticut The West Hartford Police Department responded to a home in West Hartford when a 12-year-old boy came home from school to find a dark green, pineapple hand grenade in his front yard. He wisely left it in place and went to tell his mother, who was shocked to find the munition in the mulch by her front porch. The local bomb squad plans to dispose of the ordnance which did not appear to be live.

WWII Era Bomb Found During Construction

Chalan Kiya, Saipan Construction workers working on a sewer line project contacted the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services after finding an unexploded bomb buried 10 feet below the ground surface. Navy EOD personnel based in Guam responded and identified the UXO as a WWII era 500-pound bomb (specific type not reported). EOD safely re-located the bomb for off-site disposal.

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