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.


Canadian Hikers Encounter Live Mortar

Vernon, BC, Canada Hikers in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park found a suspicious device, prompting the response of an EOD team from CFB Esquimault under the direction the Joint Task Force (Pacific). "The EOD team found one live mortar round, and although it was live, it was deemed safe to handle and was transported by the EDO team to another location to be safely disposed of," said Lt. (N) Melissa Kia, public affairs officer with Maritime Forces Pacific Canadian Armed Forces. UXO finds are common in the area which is near Camp Vernon, a military training camp during WWII.

Another UXO Find on Blair Rifle Range Trail

North Vancouver, British Columbia Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) officials reached out to residents and those who use the trails at Blair Rifle Range about a recent UXO find by UXO contractors working in the area. The statement released by email read, "On April 12, 2018, DND found a three-inch mortar during its on-going UXO survey work at the former Blair Rifle Range. As part of regular UXO safety procedures, the area has been secured and access temporarily restricted until the item is safely disposed of. DND's military ordnance disposal team is on site to safely dispose of the item and ensure public safety. They have decided that a controlled on-site detonation is the safest way to dispose of the item, so you may notice a loud noise, some smoke, and minimal vibrations."



Canada Expands Its List of UXO "Legacy" Sites

Guelph, Ontario The Canadian Department of National Defense's Unexploded Explosive Ordnance Legacy Site Program (i.e., the Canadian version of the Formerly Used Defense Sites Program) is conducting research to determine if the former Royal Canadian Air Force training area in the Guelph area should be included into the program. The site was used during WWII as a rifle range (i.e., small arms) but between 1988 and 1993, Canadian Forces EOD teams were called to the Guelph area to respond to six separate incidents with wartime explosives. In each of these cases, the teams found practice bombs or training rounds.


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