WWI-era UXO Found in Footlocker During Basement Cleanout

Wyandotte, Michigan A basement cleanout resulted in a shocking find for a Michigan family who found a footlocker filled with WWI relics. Among the antique items was a UXO that prompted an EOD response.

According to Wyandotte police, the family was cleaning out their basement when they opened their uncle's footlocker to find a munition which they feared may be live ordnance. Not taking any chances, they notified police.

Sgt. Gerald Conz and Officer Dan Torolski identified the device as an unexploded WWI artillery shell. Dearborn Police EOD were called in to safely remove the device for disposal.

British EOD Unit Responds After Bomb Found in Basement

Cambridgeshire, England Mildenhall Police set up a cordon in a neighborhood after a WWII ordnance item was discovered in a basement in Isleham.

In a social media post, police said, "We are currently dealing with a historic unexploded WWII ordnance device in the Isleham Marina area. Police are in attendance and we are putting a 50-meter cordon into place. The bomb disposal team are currently on route."

An EOD team from Colchester responded to the scene of the heavily corroded three-inch mortar round. The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the explosive was a "substitute" device and the cordon was lifted.


Man Arrested for Posting WWII Incendiary Bomb on Online Auction Site

Southampton, England A civilian who discovered a munition while using his metal detector thought he could make a few bucks from the find by posting the item for sale on an on-line auction site. Luckily for everyone, a military collector recognized the device in the item as a live WWII era German incendiary bomb and promptly notified authorities. The British Army's bomb squad responded and evacuated the neighborhood around the man's home.

According to reports, the man listed the ordnance on the auction site with the price starting at 15 pounds (approximately $18). Military collector Ralf Sherwin saw the listing and sent the following message to the man - "Mate, do you realize that's not de-activated  it's live!". The military collector described what happened to reporters covering the story, "I went into great detail about that fact that you could see the iron oxide seeping out of the air holes and the join. In the nose there's a detonator, and once that dries out, it will go off, and I told him he wouldn't be able to put it out. After that, I expected him to take it down and call the police, but the idiot completely ignored me and carried on selling it. What was he going to do if someone bought it  cover it in bubble wrap and post it off in a Jiffy bag?"


Tide Claims Possible UXO on UK Beach

Isle of Wight, England A Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team was called to Forelands Beach after a member of public reported a possible ordnance. The team was joined by the Royal Navy's Diving and Threat Exploitation Group.

According to coastguard spokesperson, "The crew attended again this morning and confirmed the ordnance was no longer there. It was likely moved or washed away by the tide."

Cannonballs Discovered During Museum Inventory

Glassboro, New Jersey An inventory at Heritage Glass Museum led a bomb squad response after cannonballs were discovered in the museum's basement. According to the Glassboro Police Department, the Camden County Bomb Squad and an Air Force EOD unit were dispatched to the museum following reports of the ordnance.

The munitions were "removed and disposed of appropriately," the police department said. It is unclear how or when the cannonballs arrived at the museum or if they were live or inert, but the building was deemed safe following the removal.

No Deal for Pawn Shop Customer on WWI Projectile

North Port, Florida The North Port Police Department (NPPD) was called to a pawn shop after a customer brought in ordnance. Traffic jams ensued as Northbound traffic was rerouted in the area while U.S. Air Force EOD responded to inspect the projectile.

"The device found turned out to be a WWI anti-ship personnel round which had never been fired," police said. "An individual had attempted to sell the device at a nearby pawn shop who informed them that it could be dangerous. The individual then called NPPD."


Gas Cylinder Sparks UXO Scare on UK Beach

Eyemouth, Scotland Coastguard teams responded to an Eyemouth beach for reports of a suspect ordnance item. After photographing the item, a decision was made to leave it in place due to the rising tide.

A follow-up assessment revealed that it was a gas cylinder which closely resembles some WWII ordnance.


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