Suspect Item on Beach Leads to Multi-agency Response

Workington, England Whitehaven Coast Guard Rescue Team was called in after reports that a walker had discovered a suspicious object on a West Cumbrian beach. The team responded to locate and assess the item believed to be old ordnance and relay those details to EOD experts. Royal Navy divers also responded to assist Coast Guard.


Canadian EOD Responds to UXO Reports on Manitoba First Nations Lands

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) confirmed that unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO) was recently discovered in two Manitoba First Nations.

According to a CAF spokesperson, the 17 Wing Winnipeg's EOD team was notified about one ordnance observed in Black River First Nation on the beach. The following day, team members found two additional munitions  one in Black River First Nation and another in Fort Alexander First Nation.

CAF safely transported the munitions to the 17 Wing EOD disposal range, where they were destroyed. A spokesperson explained that the items were air-dropped location markers used for search and rescue operations over water.


Search for Sunglasses Leads to UXO Find

Liverpool, England Looking for lost sunglasses may be a common summer pastime, but one man's search for his led to a not-so-common discovery. While searching for his sunglasses that accidentally dropped in a lake at Greenbank Park in Liverpool, the man found an unexploded WWII bomb.

The find sparked a major police and Army response as the area was cordoned off for what police confirmed was indeed an "unexploded ordnance device" in the park.

Social media was buzzing about the activity in the park. One person said, "My brother was fishing and his sunglasses fell in the lake. They fished them out amongst a few bottles and a bomb! The Army have just detonated it, if you heard a bang?"

In a statement a spokesperson for Merseyside police said, "We can confirm that an item reported to what is believed to be an unexploded ordnance device was found in Greenbank Park yesterday Officers were called to the scene...after a member of the public reported finding the device in the park's lake. The area was cordoned off while the Army's EOD made a controlled explosion of the item. We thank members of the public for their patience while the incident was dealt with."

Beach Shutdown after Boy Finds Suspected UXO

Leysdown-on-Sea, England A UK beach was closed after a family uncovered a suspected UXO. Tracy Ryan took her children to Leysdown beach on the Isle of Sheppey to cool off on a hot summer day only to have her son uncover ordnance in the sand.

Ryan said, "My son walked out on the mud looking about and came back with part of a bomb. We didn't think it was anything so put it to one side, but when a friend came along we got him to check it and he said he thought it was an unexploded bomb."


WWII ERA UXO Uncovered on Polish Construction Site

Krakow, Poland WWII ordnance was found near Krakow, leading to an evacuation in the area. The 110-lb device was found during construction work in the heart of Wieliczka, a town near Krakow, in southern Poland near the Czech border. Local police issued a statement confirming that the UXO was "a very dangerous find."

County Police Headquarters in Wieliczka received a report that construction workers had hit the ordnance by accident when they came across it. Police said, "Residents often find dangerous objects such as these during works or during trips to the forest. Most often they date back to WWII."


Fort Irwin-based EOD team wins all-Army EOD competition


FORT CARSON, Colo.  Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from the Fort Irwin, California-based 759th Ordnance Company (EOD) "Detonators" earned first place in the all-Army EOD Team of the Year competition on Fort Carson, Colorado, May 15  19.

The winning team, Staff Sgt. Mark S. Owens and Spc. Brady L. Dunn, represented the 759th EOD Company, 3rd EOD Battalion, 71st EOD Group and 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command in the all-Army competition


Staff Sgt. Lesley S. Raynor and Spc. Shannon D. Russell from the Camp Humphreys, South Korea-based 718th Ordnance Company (EOD), 23rd Chemical Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, Eighth Army, came in second place.

Staff Sgt. Billy McCoy and Sgt. Micah K. Miler from the 722nd Ordnance Company (EOD), 192nd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), 52nd EOD Group, took third place.

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