Americans Spark Chaos at Israeli Airport with Souvenir UXO

Lod, Israel American Tourists caused quite a bomb scare at Israel's Ben Gurion airport after they declared unexploded ordnance to airport security at luggage drop off. Security officials evacuated and closed off the area.

The shell was reportedly found while visiting the Golan Heights, which Israel captured during the 1967 Six Day War. The Golan was also the site of extensive fighting during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

According to Israel's Airports Authority, one man was hospitalized after injuring himself trying to flee over a baggage carousel. The American travelers were interrogated by airport authorities but were eventually allowed to board their flight.

EOD Officer Dies In Training Exercise

O'ahu, Hawaii Lt. j.g. Aaron Fowler, 29, of Oklahoma, assigned to EOD Mobile Unit One, died in a training exercise at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Hawaii. He was participating in the third phase of Marine Corps Reconnaissance Leaders Course, at the time of his death.

The Marine Corps Reconnaissance Leaders Course is an 8-week long training that takes place in multiple locations. During the course, participants go through exercises that focus on planning and leading teams through amphibious, ground reconnaissance and patrolling operations. The third phase includes amphibious operations.

NCIS and local authorities are investigating the death, according to a statement released by the Navy. Fowler commissioned from the Naval Academy in 2018 and started with EOD Mobile Unit One in January 2022.

Munition Washes Onshore at Maui Beach

Lanai, Hawaii Maui Police Department officials responded to a call from the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources after personnel located a UXO that had washed onshore at Hulopone Beach Park. An Army EOD team was notified of the find.

Recreational 'Mudlarking' Results in UXO Find

Port Talbot, south Wales Friends 'mudlarking' (the process of looking through earth - most typically river mud - for items of value that have been washed up or buried) in the Afan Forest made an explosive discovery when found a UXO item.

The 27-year-old woman described the incident to reporters, "There is a part of the land that has been excavated so I thought there might be some old bottles or something in there. I was looking over the edge when I spotted it. It had white rust on it which is galvanized steel. I was walking towards my partner sort of saying 'look what I've found' when I realized what it was."

She went on to say, when the two suspected that it may be ordnance, the pair informed South Wales Police. The police contacted the bomb squad and experts detonated the device on nearby forestery land.

High Tides Hinder Ordnance Removal on UK Beach

West Wight Beach, United Kingdom Police were called after a dog walker discovered what appeared to be an ordnance item partially buried in the sand. Once officers arrived, however, the tide had turned and covered the object.

Hampshire Constabulary is working with the Needles Coastguard Rescue Team to monitor the situation. A Royal Navy EOD team from Portsmouth is on standby to identify and safely dispose of the item once the tides make removal possible.

Suspicious Spud at Chip Factory Makes for an Exciting Night Shift

Auckland, New Zealand Potato screening at a New Zealand chip factory led to a bomb squad response after night shift worker Richard Teurukura noticed a strange-looking potato on the conveyor belt. Upon further examination, the suspicious spud turned out to be a grenade.


Air 'Bomb' and Breakfast

Trefriw, North Wales Rental cottage owner Dave Dew is thankful to be rid of one uninvited guest. He was shocked to find a WWII munition in the garden while preparing to build a summerhouse.

Dew frequently finds scrap metal on the property, which was once a blacksmiths, but this was a first. He scraped his spade against something metallic between old tree stumps and immediately called police once he saw what it was.

He also sent a picture of the suspect item which was forwarded to an Army EOD Unit. Two soldiers from Chester responded.

Dew said, "After looking at it, they asked me if I wanted the good news or the bad news first. The good news was that it hadn't gone off, the bad was that it was still live. But was not thought to be life-threatening, which is why no evacuation was ordered."


Warning Issued After Beached UXO Found

Norfolk, England The Coastguard issued a warning after a member of the public found an unexploded WWII bomb on a Norfolk beach. An EOD team from Colchester was called to the scene where a 100-meter cordon was put in place and a controlled explosion conducted.


Bomb Squad Responds to Ordnance At Construction Site

Suffolk, Virginia Work crews in the City of Suffolk discovered an old munition just weeks after another ordnance find in the area. Police and Suffolk Fire and Rescue responded after a construction contractor reported finding the item about a half-mile off of the roadway.

Members of the Virginia State Police Bomb Squad were able to safely remove the munition without incident. It was identified as an inert munition round with its origins marked as unknown by the responding bomb squad.



By Jack W. Melton, Jr.
Published 2018.

I recently received a copy of the book "Civil War Artillery Projectiles - The Half Shell Book " by Jack W. Melton, Jr. My friend and Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) tech CWO4 John D. "Bart" Bartleson, Jr., USN Retired (1936 - 2016) wrote the forward for the book. For many years "Bart" was the historian for the Navy EOD Association (NEODA). Bart authored the book "Civil War Explosive Ordnance 1861 - 1865," U.S. Government Printing Office, 1972, which contains radiographs (x-rays) of Civil War ordnance (available on PDF). Many of Bart's original radiographs are used in the book as examples.

This book is the most detailed and comprehensive book on Civil War artillery ordnance that I have encountered. No light reading here. It is written from an ordnance engineer/designer perspective, with analysis of manufacturing, metallurgy, fuzing, active and non-active filler, plus historical usage of the munitions and where a particular piece of ordnance was found.


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