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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School Evacuated for UXO Disposal

Barrigadam, Guam Students at P.C. Lujan Elementary School in Guam may never get a "snow day," but they did have an unexpected "ordnance" day as school was evacuated and closed early for authorities to clear a WWII UXO discovered during construction on Guam Army National Guard property adjacent to the school.

The school was inside of the blast radius, so it, along with portions of the National Guard base, were evacuated. The Guam Fire Department and Guam Police Department responded to a 911 call when the munition was uncovered during work on a sewer system. Naval Base Guam EOD was called to dispose of the unidentified ordnance.

Traveling UXO Shuts Down London Landmarks

London, England The Royal Navy and Metropolitan Police shut down Waterloo Bridge, Westminster Bridge and Victoria Embankment in central London while a WWII German SD bomb was towed along the river to Tilbury, Essex, where it was safely detonated. Police responded to the river for the reported ordnance find, dropped duirng WWII.

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More Ordnance Recovered From Business Park

Kingstown, Rhode Island A state police bomb squad unit was dispatched to the Quonset Business Park to investigate old ordnance recovered from the area. The type of UXO removed was not reported but the North Kingstown Police Department indicated that the ordnance have been found in the past with an average of 4 - 5 finds per year.

Museum Pieces Destroyed After Explosives Detected

Aberystwyth, Wales Munitions on display at the Ceredigion Museum were destroyed after a recent inspection found traces of explosives. The WW I era munitions were reportedly found on a beach and have been in storage for decades. Several inspections over the years concluded that the munitions did not pose an explosive hazard.

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Mortar Round Detected in Park is Detonated

Jacksonville, Florida A piece of military ordnance was found by a Jacksonville parkgoer using a metal detector. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad responded to the call and identified the munition as a WWII er 60mm mortar. The item was properly disposed of through a controlled detonation procedure.

UXO Disposal "Down the Shore"

Monmouth County, New Jersey A U.S. Navy EOD team will carryout a controlled explosion to dispose of a UXO that washed ashore at the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area in northern Monmouth County. The item was identified as a mortar round.

The park will be closed to the public while the Naval Weapons Station Earle's EOD team conducts the operation at Sandy Hook, a site which frequently has reports of ordnance items on its beaches. The area is near Fort Hancock, an active military base until 1974 as well as the proving ground of the U.S. Army from 1874 until 1919.

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