Seller Posts Live WWII Bomb for Sale on eBay

Southampton, England Hampshire Police arrested a 51-year-old man who placed a live WWII incendiary bomb for sale on eBay. The German munition was listed for just over $20 US dollars on the online marketplace with a claim that it was a "genuine authentic" device dropped in the Southampton Blitz. The seller even promised to send the munition to potential buyers through Royal Mail.

Officers hunted down the bomb after a WWII era collector spotted the item for sale and immediately reported it to the police. One person had already made a bid for the cigar-shaped UXO which was pictured laid out on a table.

The collector reportedly notified the seller that the munition was live, but the seller did not remove the listing. The collector believes that the seller found the munition in a Southampton river, and said that if it had been left to dry out any more it could have detonated.


Pit Latrine Digging Unearths Massive UXO Reserve

Honiara, Solomon Islands Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) EOD has removed 101 WWII UXO at Gilbert Camp in Honiara in a two-day operation. A man discovered the collection of projectiles while digging a pit latrine.

According to EOD Inspector Clifford Tunuki, "EOD operators have unearthed 101 UXOs after we received the report from the community. The UXOs are safely stored at Hells Points for render safe."


Japanese Grenade Found Among Vintage Car Parts

Hitchin, England Police officers were called to the Chevronic Centre in Hitchin after the owner found a suspected WWII grenade. The area was evacuated while the grenade was inspected by EOD.

The owner, Rob Moss, found the munition while sorting through a box of vintage car parts he had recently purchased. Moss said, "I was just going through the parts and buried in one of the boxes was what looks like a 1930s Japanese grenade."

Moss notified authorities who examined the item which was indeed a Japanese Type 97 grenade. It was deemed inert and the area was reopened.

Man Killed by 105mm Projectile during Cookout

Honiara, Soloman Islands A man is dead and three others injured after a WWII shell detonated in the Solomon Islands. According to police, the tragedy happened when a group of young people holding a fundraiser in the capital, Honiara, built a fire to cook food "without realizing that there was a bomb laying underground".

Inspector Clifford Tunuki, from the Solomon Islands' EOD team said the remaining fragments of the shell have been found and safely removed from the site for disposal. "Police have responded to the incident and secured the scene after the blast," Tunuki said.

In his statement Tubuki continued, "EOD experts have identified the bomb, which is a US 105mm high-explosive projectile that remained after World War II." This is the third fatality in the area in just over six months caused by exploding WWII ordnance.

Missouri Couple Grateful After Using a Steak Knife on WWII Mortar

Jefferson County, Missouri Routine yard work turned very interesting when Pamela Coffey stumbled upon a small metal object sticking out of the soil. She brought it inside and rinsed it off before noticing it had Japanese writing on it.

Coffey's husband, Sam, stepped in to help out by scrapping it with a steak knife. "We're trying to figure out what the heck this thing is," he said, "when from the kitchen she yells, 'Stop! I think that might be a bomb!'"

Using an image recognition app, they discovered it might be a WWII Japanese Navy mortar. Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies responded and were later joined by federal officials with the ATF, the St. Louis Regional Bomb and Arson Unit and EOD personnel from Scott Air Force.


Cyclist Reports UXO Shell in UK Park

Brighton, United Kingdom Sussex Police cordoned off a section of Stanmer Park after a suspected UXO was reported by a cyclist. Officers placed a 100-meter cordon around an area at the top of the park until a bomb disposal team arrived to determine that the shell was empty. The ordnance was safely removed and the cordon lifted.

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