Residents Concerned Over Abandoned Bombs

Formby, United Kingdom An area slated for development of 97 housing units next spring is suspected of containing UXO. Concerns over the UXO were raised after historical records reviewed from the 1940s indicated that two bombs fell in the area in 1941 that did not explode. The historic records indicated that the two UXO items were "abandoned", as opposed to exploded or removed as indicated for other UXO items that fell in the area.

A copy of one of the archival records is shown below.

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Tourist Attempts to Clear UXO Through Austrian Customs

Vienna, Austria Panic ensued at the Vienna Airport when an American tourist traveling back to the US from Austria attempted to bring a WWII UXO home. The unidentified 24-year-old told local authorities she found the shell on a hike.

A bomb disposal unit was called in when she attempted to take the shell through customs. A portion of the arrivals and luggage section of the airport was shut down during the response. She reportedly explained to authorities that after she found it, she took it back to her hotel room and cleaned it off so it wouldn't get her clothes dirty in her luggage.

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Unexploded Avalanche Charge Removed

Breckenridge, Colorado An unexploded avalanche charge was found in the area of Peak 7 on National Forest land in Summit County. Although the county is under State 1 Fire Restrictions which prohibits the use of any explosives, an exemption was granted to allow the local sheriff's office to counter charge the device to dispose of the hazard.

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Grenade Found Buried in Milwaukee Mud

Oak Creek, Wisconsin Police and Milwaukee County bomb squad responded to a residence following reports of a hand grenade found buried in the mud by a landscaping crew. Bomb disposal officers determined it to be an M67 hand grenade. Upon inspection, the bomb disposal officer deemed it inert and of no danger. It was removed from the property for proper disposal.

Grenade Found Buried in Milwaukee Mud

Oak Creek, Wisconsin Police and Milwaukee County bomb squad responded to a residence following reports of a hand grenade found buried in the mud by a landscaping crew. Bomb disposal officers determined it to be an M67 hand grenade. Upon inspection, the bomb disposal officer deemed it inert and of no danger. It was removed from the property for proper disposal.

Mother Of Three Tries Selling UXO On Ebay

Lincolnshire, United kingdom A 49 year old mother of three got the surprise of her life when a would be buyer told her that the item she was selling on Ebay was actually live. She obtained the munition item from a box of various collectibles she bought at a recent auction. The box contained miscellaneous toys, old clocks, and what she thought was an inert munition item.

Not knowing any better, the woman actually let her kids handle and play with the round and even reportedly planned to allow one of her kids (ages 11, 15 and 17) to take the item to a school for a 'show and tell' lesson. Luckily, that never happened.

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Search Expands for WWII Era River Bomb

Budapest, Hungary an underwater search team has been dispatched to the River Danube near the Elizabeth Bridge to locate a unexploded WWII era Soviet bomb. The bomb was reportedly spotted two days earlier by civilian divers lying in the river bed near Elizabeth Bridge.

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EOD Uses Explosives To Verify Munition As Inert

Saltstone, United Kingdom A Coastguard Rescue Team responded to Saltstone near Wanson Bay after a discovery of a possible UXO. Once there, they determined that the munition had already been declared harmless several years ago.

Despite the fact, photos of the item were then sent to the Coastguard Operations Centre in Falmouth, who then forwarded them to the Royal Navy's EOD Unit. Though not believed to be an immediate threat, they sent a team to inspect the find the next day.

The team was unable to make a positive identification, and because the item could not be removed due to its size and being embedded under heavy rocks, EOD removed one end with a 1kg explosive charge to see inside. Boscastle Coastguard Team was called in to cordon off the area and police closed off an adjacent road.The blast was reportedly heard three miles away.After opening up the ordnance, it was believed to be a dummy WWII anti-shipping mine.

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WWII Era Bombs Unearthed at Saipan Construction Site

San Roque, Saipan Workers uncovered seven unexploded WWII bombs at the construction site of Saipan Global Hotel, located south of the Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School in San Roque. Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services Hazmat/Explosive Response Team responded to the site.

Four of the UXO were found buried one foot underground on the beach side on the property. A survey of the area yielded three additional ordnance items. The munitions, identified as 150-lb WWII Japanese naval bombs, were safely relocated to Marpi for proper disposal.


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