Drought Exposes UXO in Italian River

Borgo Virgilio, Italy The Italian military disposed of a 1,000 pound WWII era bomb that was discovered along the banks of the River Po. Fishermen initially discovered the ordnance in July along the banks of the depleted River Po. Extreme hot weather and low rainfall levels have caused sections of the 400 mile river to dry up in what some are calling Italy's worst drought in 70 years.


Ordnance Found During Dredging Operations near Irish Harbor

Courtmacsherry, Ireland Two World War I bombs were discovered during construction activities near the pier in the fishing village of Courtmacsherry. The munitions were spotted by a dredging machine operator working in the area of Courtmacsherry Harbour.

The ordnance, two shells approximately 2.5 by 1.5 ft, were initially believed to by WWII-era, but the 1 Brigade EOD Team responding determined that they were much older.

EOD transported the ordnance from the area and conducted a controlled detonation of the items.

UXO on Sussex Beach Prompts Coastguard Warning

Chichester, England Selsey Coastguard Rescue Team responded to Medmerry Beach after reports of the discovery of potentially "highly explosive" ordnance.

The team confirmed it was ordnance and a thorough search of the area uncovered additional munitions related items.

"Photos were taken and sent to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team," a Selsey Coastguard Rescue Team spokesman said. "Unfortunately, the incoming tide covered the items before EOD arrived so the team stood down to return later on in the day."


EOD Airman Charged With Aggravated Assault With Explosives

Washington, D.C. Airforce officials have charged an EOD Airman, Tech Sgt. David D. Dezwaan Jr., with planting explosives at a base in northeast Syria in April that injured four American military personnel.

The attack happened in April at a small base known as Green Village. Authorities with Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State militants, initially thought the explosion resulted from artillery or mortar rounds.


Four Men Arrested for Alleged Dynamite Fishing

Paru, Solomon Islands Local police arrest four men on charges of illegal possession and use of explosive in an alleged dynamite fishing incident. Reportedly, concerned members of the community reported the men to authorities which led to raid and surprise inspection of the their homes.

EOD was called to support the investigation after a search of a residential property resulted in the fine of seven live ordnance items hidden under a bed. During the search, one of the suspects reportedly advised his son to lay on the bed in an effort to deter police from inspecting the area.


Live Cannonball Prompts Brief Closure of Fort Sumter

Charleston, South Carolina Fort Sumter, a popular tourist destination located on an island in the middle of Charleston Harbor, was recently closed after a visitor discovered an historic ordnance item, according to Brett Spaulding, Chief of Interpretation for Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park.


Busy Day for EOD in the Philippians

Gattaran, Cagayan, Philippians Four rusty Japanese cartridge 81 high explosive mortars and a vintage bomb, all classified as UXO, were found in two separate locations in Gatarran in one day. The Cagayan Police Provincial Office (CPPO) reported that joint personnel of Gattaran Police Station led by its chief, Major Ronald M Balod, Cagayan Provincial EOD and K9 Unit led by Lieutenant Danilo Belnas and 2nd Maneuver Force Platoon, 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company safely removed the Japanese ordnance from a vacant lot. They also reported the discovery of a vintage bomb (exact identification not noted in the statement) in an abandoned house in Gattaran.


Magnet Fishers Rack up Fines after Pulling Rockets from Fort Stewart River

Fort Stewart, Georgia A group of treasure hunters magnet fishing in a river on Fort Stewart pulled in 86 rockets, a tank tracer round, and .50 caliber ammo belts and were rewarded with several fines from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The group, led by treasure hunter Bryce Nachtwey, called the bomb squad after discovering the cache in a Delta Airlines duffel bag. A Fort Stewart Military Police officer who responded to the scene said that he had never seen something like this, and needed to check in with his command to see what next steps to take. However, upon arrival, the Georgia DNR's local game warden ticketed them for magnet fishing off the Fort Stewart bridge.

One of the fishermen said, "I didn't see any signs." But the warden responded, "You're all gettin' tickets, you can come to court and talk to a judge, okay? The reason magnet fishing is not allowed is because of exactly what y'all got right there. You don't know what's going to blow up and not blow up."


Extreme Weather Leads to Bomb Discovery in Italian River

An unexploded WWII bomb submerged in an Italian river was discovered due to an extreme drought. According to Army official Colonel Marco Nasi, the 1,000-lb bomb was found by fishermen on the banks of the depleted River Po.

Large sections of the 400-mile river have dried up in Italy's worst drought for 70 years. The UXO, which Italian military officials said contained 530 lbs of explosives, led to the evacuation of 3,000 residents in the area so that bomb disposal experts could carry out a controlled explosion.

Mayor Francesco Apori said, "At first, some of the inhabitants said they would not move, but in the last few days we think we have persuaded everyone." Airspace and river traffic in the area were also shut down during the disposal operation.

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