Beach Camper Killed by WWII ERA UXO

Groix , France A 26-year-old camper was killed by an explosion believed to have been caused by a WWII UXO that had washed ashore on the French island of Groix off the coast of Brittany. The man died after a blast near a campfire while on vacation with nine other friends, one of whom was seriously injured in the blast.

Authorities investigating the incident suspect that the tide washed the UXO ashore as munitions debris reportedly found in the area. The exact cause of the detonation was unknown at this time.

UXO Found Among the Debris of Phoenix Fire

Phoenix, Arizona Luke Air Force Base munitions experts were called to the scene of a massive industrial fire affecting at least six businesses, when officials found military-grade ordnance. The EOD team found dozens of tubes for explosives, but only three were determined to be live.


Explosion at Ammunition Plant Kills Worker

Nashville, Tennessee An explosion at the Rio Ammunition plant killed one work and injured three others. The accident reportedly occurred in a area of the plant where smokeless powder is feed into a hopper. Agents from the ATF are part of the investigation team along with Tennessee OSHA. Authorities suspect that the accident was not a result of criminal intent but rather an industrial accident.

WWI UXO Claims Two Lives in Belgium

Flanders, Belgium An accidental explosion of a WWI-Era UXO has killed two workers and injured two more at a construction site. The men were clearing an area by a canal on an industrial site when the UXO detonated without warning.

One was killed at the scene while a second died in hospital. A third man was in a critical condition from his injuries.

The site has been closed off as explosive experts examine the area. It is common for ordnance items to be found in the area. Flanders was shelled by German forces throughout WWI, and it is believed that thousands of explosives remain buried in the area.

Three Killed During Training Exercise Explosion

Moscow, Russia Three Russian soldiers were killed from a munitions explosion at a military training site in the far east Khabarovsk Region. The cause of the explosion is under investigation. The troops were reportedly conducting a live-fire exercise from an armored fighting vehicle when the explosion occurred. It is unclear at this time what type of munition was involved in the accident or if human error is to blame.

Bulldozer Driver Killed At Scrap Metal Site From UXO

Euskirchen, Germany A bulldozer driver was killed and 13 others injured when an explosion occurred at a debris sorting area used by a construction company. The explosion occurred as the bulldozer driver attempted to move a pile of recyclable debris (i.e., old scrap metal items from construction projects / sites). Two of the 13 injured are in critical condition at a nearby hospital. The blast damaged homes in a 400 meter radius around the detonation site.


Four Marine EOD Technicians Killed In Range Clearance

Camp Pendleton, California tragic news was released by the Marine Corps that four Marines were killed while conducting an operational range sweep on the Zulu Range complex. The names of the Marines have not been released at this time but reportedly all four were EOD technicians. The accident is under investigation and more details will be released.

Stay tuned with as we will report additional details as they become available.

"Falling Refrigerator" Turns Out to Be Exploding Ordnance

New River, Arizona Forty-nine-year-old Scott Lane suffered a severe leg injury after a military-grade explosive went off near Daisy Mountain in the New River area north of Phoenix.

According to officials from the Maricopa County Sheriff's office, the man has lost most of one leg due to the explosion which reportedly occurred as the victim was helping two people move from a 120-acre property on which they were not authorized to live.


Vietnam-Era Munition Brought to School Leads to Death of Student

Quang Binh Province, Vietnam A boy was killed in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, and another was seriously injured after one of the boys brought a piece of UXO left over from the Vietnam War to class at Le Hoa Secondary School.

The two 13-year old boys were reportedly playing with the UXO when it exploded in the schoolyard where students were out for recess. Their teacher reported hearing a terrifying blast at and looking out her window to see children running in panic away from the spot where the two boys were lying wounded following the explosion. Both boys were taken to an area hospital where one died from his injuries. The second boy is being treated and is expected to recover.

Man Killed, Two Injured While Cleaning UXO

Pailin, Thailand One man was killed and two teenagers injured while cleaning UXO they found just past the border of Pailin, in Thailand's Chanthaburi province. A 27-year-old was killed instantly, and a 14 and 16-year-old were severely injured.


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