EOD Responds To Smoke Grenade Found on Beach

Totland, United Kingdom A team for the Royal Navy EOD unit from Portsmouth were called to respond to ordnance on the beach. The item was initially found by a civilian walking on the beach who notified local police. An exclusion area was setup around the area and guarded overnight until EOD could arrive the next day.


British Army EOD Responds to Grenade at School House

Chesterfield, United Kingdom A British Army EOD unit responded to the Parkside Community School after reports of a hand grenade in the school. The item was brought to school by a young student as a 'show and tell' item. After evacuating the school for safety, EOD determined that the grenade was inert. EOD took custody of the item for proper disposal.

Man Killed From Handling UXO

Carinthia, Austria a 59-year-old man was killed when a UXO, likely a relic from World War II, exploded on the edge of a Lake Ossiach. Carinthia state police reported that the man was handling the item by the shore when it exploded. The type of UXO was not reported.

German Man Dead after Lakeshore UXO Explodes

Carinthia, Austria A German man has died in an explosion after an ordnance item he found while swimming in Lake Ossiach detonated. The 59-year-old man was handling the munition the day after he brought it home from the lakeshore, according to police.

A wide area around where the accident took place has been cordoned off by police, and an investigation in coordination with explosives experts is being carried out. The type of UXO involved in the deadly explosion has not been released but experts say the lake, which is popular with swimmers, contains large quantities of ordnance dumped in its waters by the Nazi regime and British military during WWII.

Civil War Cannonballs Wash Ashore

Perdido Key, Florida Following Hurricane Ida, nearly 200 Civil War era cannonballs were discovered near the far end Perdido Key, an area accessible only by boat, ATV or on foot. The area where the munitions were found was closed and marked with signs along with boating restrictions in the area.

EOD responded along with multiple other Federal and State agencies to assist with the operation. The items were disposed of through a controlled detonation within the park boundaries. According to Darrell Echols, Gulf Islands National Seashore superintendent, "The park continues to monitor the area for newly discovered munitions and will secure the site(s) should any be found in the future."


Hurricane Churns up UXO, Depositing it on Florida Shoreline

Indian River County, Florida A woman walking on a Florida beach found a WWII-era landmine and another historic ordnance (type not reported) near the St. Lucie County line. After reporting the suspicious find, local officials contacted Patrick Air Force Base EOD for technical support as they evacuated the area.

EOD removed the ordnance for proper safe disposal. The area were the ordnance was found once served as the Fort Pierce Naval Amphibious Training Base which operated from 1943 to 1946. The USACE carried out a removal action in the area in 2019 but authorities suspect that the recent finds washed ashore from hurricane Larry.

International EOD Exercise 'Ardent Defender' Kicks Off

Ontario, Canada Ardent Defender, the annual exercise held at various bases across Canada since its inception in 2012, kicked off this month with military EOD and civilian counterparts from the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, South Korea, Australia, Colombia, Mexico, and Ecuador.

The Army 192nd EOD Battalion deployed soldiers from the Fort Drum, New York-based 754th and 760th EOD Companies, and the Fort Belvoir, Virginia-based 55th EOD Company to support the exercises which run for five weeks providing the opportunity for the soldiers to train with military and law enforcement personnel from 11 partner nations.


English Fishing Vessel 'Nets' WWII Bomb

Portsmouth, England The discovery of what was first thought to be a torpedo, prompted a warning to vessels on the Solent, a strait between the Isle of Wight and Great Britain. A fishing vessel dragged up the UXO in its nets, prompting an overnight response from Royal Navy EOD.

It was confirmed that the ordnance was a WWII German SC500 bomb and not a torpedo. The bomb was safely destroyed by a controlled explosion.


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