Magnet Fishing Reels In Hand Grenade

Reading, United Kingdom Two friends magnet fishing in the Thames near Christchurch Bridge pulled up a hand grenade from the river bottom. Realizing the find as it got closer, the man decided to lower in back to the water as the two notified the police.


Munition Forces Beach Closure

Angus, United Kingdom Army EOD was called to Easthaven beach in Angus following the discovery of a rust-encrusted suspicious item was discovered in the sand. Coast Guard teams secured the scene while awaiting the team's arrival.

A statement from the Coast Guard read in part, "The beach was closed off to ensure everyone was kept safe and the team waited for EOD to arrive. Once EOD arrived, they checked the item and confirmed that it was indeed ordnance. It was therefore decided that the item needed to be detonated using a controlled explosion."


Teen Killed When Antique Store Purchase Detonated

Abingdon, Virginia A teen was killed after a hand grenade he purchased at a North Carolina antique store which detonated. The unidentified teen reportedly purchased the grenade months earlier at the Fancy Flea Antique Mall in Shallotte, North Carolina.

Reportedly neither the vendor nor the buyer believed it was a functioning grenade at the time of purchase. The issued a statement about the incident on the incident indicating that agents are searching for other explosive related items that may have been unknowingly sold at the same antique store.


Armor-Piercing Shell Removed from UK Beach

Chalkwell, United Kingdom Southend Coast Guard were called in to investigate reports of suspected ordnance on Chalkwell beach shortly after Army EOD removed other ordnance from the area. The munition had been covered by the incoming tide, prompting the Coast Guard's return the next day.


Excavator Uncovers Bomb at Construction Site

Kandal Province, Cambodia an excavator operator digging a pond at a construction site near the Phnom Prasith Resort struck a hard object 20 feet below the ground surface. The operator got the surprise of a lifetime when he pulled the object to surface and discovered it was a bomb.

The operator reported the bomb to his supervisor who contacted authorities. A humanitarian demining organization responded to remove the bomb identified as a U.S. MK 82 general purpose (GP) bomb. A smaller bomb (type not identified) was also found at the site.


Suspect Ordnance Found On Beach

Lyme, United Kingdom the Lyme Regis Coast Guard Rescue Team (CRT) was called to the beach in Pinhay Bay after reports of suspect ordnance. However, by the time the response team arrived, the suspect item was underwater due to the tide.

The team setup a caution area and responded the following morning during low tide. When the object in question was investigated, the CRT coordinated with Royal Navy EOD to identify the item. EOD concluded that the object was an underwater drone used to locate mines.


Magnet Fisherman Reels in 19 WWII Grenades

Birmingham, United Kingdom Police and EOD responded to a river outside of a Birmingham after a magnet fisherman reeled in 19 grenades from the water. Che Williams was using his magnet to search for metal debris in the River Tame when he pulled the first grenade out of the water.

He remained in the same spot and pulled up a total 19 grenades. Two of the grenades reportedly still had their pins in place, prompting him to contact police.


Crew of Crabbing Vessel Injured by Potential UXO Blast

Norfolk, United Kingdom The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has launched an investigation into a blast aboard a fishing vessel which injured all seven crewmembers on board. The explosion aboard the crabbing vessel Galwad-Y-Mor is believed to have been caused by submerged UXO on the seabed, which may have been contacted by crab pots as the crew hauled them aboard.

Two British and five Latvian crewmembers were on board at the time of the explosion. All were injured, including some who suffered "life-changing" injuries.

MAIB issued the following statement, "At about 1120, the crew was in the process of hauling in a string of crab pots; the skipper was in the wheelhouse with other crew members below decks working the pots. The hauler was being used to heave in the back rope, and the crew had let the skipper know that there was a lot of tension on the line, when there was an unexpected explosion. Galwad-Y-Mor was thrown up from the sea surface, then landed heavily back down; all propulsion and electrical power was immediately lost. The skipper was injured and dazed, but conscious, and saw that the wheelhouse had been completely wrecked."


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