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.

11-Year-Old Lucky to be Alive after UXO Encounter

Solomon Islands An eleven-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after suffering from severe burns to both hands from allegedly playing with a WWII 81mm mortar round. The munition had been exposed due to recent bad weather.

According to the boy's older brother, he spotted the 81mm mortar on the ground after climbing a tree. He climbed down and went to play with the munition.

When he reached down to touch it, he caught on fire, causing severe burns to boy's legs and hands. An elderly man who happened to be nearby, quickly put out the fire.


Investigation Launched For Missing C-4

Twentynine Palms, CAFederal agents have launched an investigation into allegation that approximately 10-pounds of C-4 explosives have gone missing from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is investigating the matter. Marine Corps officials referred questions -- including when the explosives are believed to have gone missing, how they're typically safeguarded, what units were involved in the recent exercise, and whether any suspects have been identified -- to NCIS.


Teen Killed When Antique Store Purchase Detonated

Abingdon, Virginia A teen was killed after a hand grenade he purchased at a North Carolina antique store which detonated. The unidentified teen reportedly purchased the grenade months earlier at the Fancy Flea Antique Mall in Shallotte, North Carolina.

Reportedly neither the vendor nor the buyer believed it was a functioning grenade at the time of purchase. The issued a statement about the incident on the incident indicating that agents are searching for other explosive related items that may have been unknowingly sold at the same antique store.


Crew of Crabbing Vessel Injured by Potential UXO Blast

Norfolk, United Kingdom The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has launched an investigation into a blast aboard a fishing vessel which injured all seven crewmembers on board. The explosion aboard the crabbing vessel Galwad-Y-Mor is believed to have been caused by submerged UXO on the seabed, which may have been contacted by crab pots as the crew hauled them aboard.

Two British and five Latvian crewmembers were on board at the time of the explosion. All were injured, including some who suffered "life-changing" injuries.

MAIB issued the following statement, "At about 1120, the crew was in the process of hauling in a string of crab pots; the skipper was in the wheelhouse with other crew members below decks working the pots. The hauler was being used to heave in the back rope, and the crew had let the skipper know that there was a lot of tension on the line, when there was an unexpected explosion. Galwad-Y-Mor was thrown up from the sea surface, then landed heavily back down; all propulsion and electrical power was immediately lost. The skipper was injured and dazed, but conscious, and saw that the wheelhouse had been completely wrecked."


Aid Workers Killed by UXO Blast inside Apartment

West Honiara, Solomon Islands Two foreign nationals have lost their lives in the Solomon Islands during a bomb blast last night at their apartment in Tasahe, West Honiara. According to police reports, the two, an Australian and a British citizen, were working for a non-government Norwegian aid agency conducting a survey on UXO.

The agency, Norwegian Peoples Aid, has identified them as Trent Lee and Stephen Atkinson. The blast occurred inside the men's rented home and was felt more than three miles away.


Unintentional Rocket Firing

Tucson, Arizona A US Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II accidentally fired off a rocket outside of the designated firing range on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The attack aircraft, assigned to the 354th Fighter Squadron from the 355th Wing, released an M-156 WP rocket while on a training mission. The rocket landed in the Jackal Military Operations Area outside of the designated impact area.

EOD Responds to Truck Accident Involving Ordnance

Post Falls, Idaho EOD from Fairchild Air Force Base were dispatched to respond to an accident on Interstate 90 after a truck carrying 16 MK 84 bombs ran off the road. The bombs were being transported from Naval Magazine Indian Island to a facility in Indiana for maintenance when the driver accidentally drove over a snow bank disabling the truck.

Due to the hazardous cargo involved, police issued a temporary closure of a portion of I-90 between Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene during the investigation. In support of the investigation, EOD confirmed that the ordnance was safe.

Air Force Embarrassed Over Lost Ammunition

Parshall, North Dakota The Air Force is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of ammunition that reportedly accidentally fell off a vehicle on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Minot Air Force Base spokeswoman Danielle Lucero told The Bismarck Tribune that a search involving base personnel was called off over the weekend after airmen exhausted efforts to find the missing ammunition.

Amber Souvenir Goes Up in Flames

Hamburg, Germany A 41-year-old woman was very lucky when she picked up what she believed to be a small piece of amber from wet sand beside the River Elbe and put it in the pocket of her jacket. The object, which actually turned out to be white phosphorus (WP), caught on fire inside the garment when it reacted with the air as it dried.

Firefighters then searched the beach looking for additional explosive material, but did not find any. WP burns at extremely high temperatures when exposed to air.

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