WWII Era UXO Travels Undetected Across Germany

Saxony, Germany An unexploded World War II bomb was inadvertently transported across Germany before being discovered at a recycling plant. The 3 foot long 300-pound bomb (exact type not reported) was transported from the western city of Cologne to the eastern state of Saxony hidden in a pile of construction debris in a dump truck.

When the bomb was finally discovered, the police were called who responded with a bomb disposal team to safely remove the bomb for proper disposal. Approximately 600 residents in the surrounding areas were evacuated from their homes during the response for safety purposes.

Dredging up Danger in British Harbor

Portsmouth, United Kingdom A WWII bomb containing 290 pounds of high explosives was discovered in the Portsmouth harbor by a dredging vessel. Divers from the Royal Navy's Portsmouth-based Southern Diving Unit 2 responded and deemed the ordnance to be of high threat.

All ferries were stopped and trains between Portsmouth and Southsea station and Portsmouth Harbour were suspended while experts towed the munition, identified as a German SC250 bomb, out to sea for controlled detonation.

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UXO Specialists Wanted

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For over 40 years, Bay West LLC (Bay West) has been a recognized leader delivering Environmental Solutions nation-wide. Bay West is performing Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) projects at various sites around the United States. Bay West is currently seeking Senior Unexploded Ordnance Supervisor (SUXOS), Unexploded Ordnance Safety Officer (UXOSO), Unexploded Ordnance Quality Control Specialist (UXOQCS) and Unexploded Ordnance Technicians (UXOT) for the upcoming field season.

  • SUXOS - Candidates will be responsible for planning, coordinating, directing and supervising all on-site munitions response and operational range clearance activities. Must have military EOD certification and/or civilian UXO certification plus a minimum of 10 years of progressively more responsible UXO experience. Applicants with civilian UXO certifications will require 13 years of progressively more responsible UXO experience.
  • UXOQCS - Candidates will be responsible for ensuring compliance with approved work plans and verifying that work meets contract specifications. Must have military EOD certification and/or civilian UXO certification plus a minimum of 8 years of progressively more responsible UXO experience. Applicants with civilian UXO certifications will require 10 years of progressively more responsible UXO experience.
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EOD to Dispose of UXO on Plum Tree Island

Newport News, Virginia The 633rd Civil Engineering Squadron EOD from the Joint Base Langley-Eustis will dispose of three UXO on Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel discovered the items in January.

One has been identified as a rocket warhead and the other two are marine markers. Plum Tree Island was utilized as a bombing range from 1917 to the late 1950s.

Residents in the adjacent areas have been notified that explosions may be heard during disposal operations.

Large Scale Evacuation Conducted For UXO Operation

Thessaloniki, Greece Authorities executed a large scale evacuation of people (nearly 70,000) in support of a bomb disposal operational. A public campaign launched days in advance included flyers, posters, and public announcements warning residents about the need to evacuate for safety.

The evacuation was necessary so bomb disposal technicians could render safe a U.S. WWII era 250-pound bomb. The bomb was recently found buried beneath a gas station during a construction project to expand the tank farm.

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Help Wanted - Ordnance Technicians (multiple positions)

Ordnance Technicians (supporting / maintaining new ordnance stocks. Multiple full-time positions available for Ordnance Technicians Level I and II.

Candidates must have demonstrated expertise in the execution of multiple ordnance/energetics processes following Navy guidance and established SOPs.

Qualifications:

  • Ordnance Technicians II  3 years experience performing explosive operations (or BA/BS degree). Capable of leading a crew performing explosive processes.
  • Ordnance Technicians I  1-year experience performing explosive operations.

Full time positions in Maryland and VA. Candidates must be capable of meeting all applicable physical and technical competency requirements.

Security  must be eligible to obtain Secret clearance (candidates with existing clearance a plus).

Interested candidates should send resume and qualifications to Jenna jenna@uxoinfo.com.

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Live Hand Grenade Found on Residential Property

Clemson, South Carolina A homeowner called police after finding a hand grenade near a tree on his property. The police called EOD who responded and removed the grenade for proper disposal. It's unclear how the grenade, which appeared to be intact, ended up on the property.

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Congressional EOD Caucus Expands

Washington, D.C Formed in 2011 by Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AK) and Susan Davis (D-CA), the Congressional EOD Caucus has been reaffirmed for the 115th Congress with the addition of co-chairs Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) and Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN).

Mast is a former Army EOD technician who served in Afghanistan while Waltz is a retired command Sg. Major with the Army National Guard.

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