WWII Aerial Bomb Forces Closures in Outer Banks Hatteras

Buxton, North Carolina A U.S. EOD unit from Norfolk, Virginia confirmed that the object discovered on a Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach in Buxton is a live military ordnance. EOD has placed the UXO, identified as a 100-pound aerial bomb from the WWII era, on the beach near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach Access parking area as it awaits disposal.

A safety perimeter measuring approximately a half mile has been established around the UXO. The following areas are closed until Navy EOD unit detonates the UXO and determines that the entire perimeter is safe: Cape Hatteras Light Station grounds and parking area; Old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse parking area and beach; Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach Access and parking area; and the Buxton Beach Access and parking area

EOD Responds to Beach For UXO

Carnoustie Beach, United Kingdom A team from the Arbroath Coast Guard responded to Carnoustie beach after a civilian reported suspect ordnance beside the skatepark. The suspect device, shown below, was photographed by the team and sent to the Royal Navy EOD team at Faslane for identification.


Divers Plan Deflagration Operation On Tallboy Near Baltic Sea

Swinoujscie, Poland The following is an update to an article featured in our September UXO E-Newsletter.

Hundreds of residents were evacuated as Polish military divers began a delicate operation to deactivate a massive WWII bomb in a channel near the Baltic Sea. The five-ton device, nicknamed "Tallboy" and also known as an "earthquake bomb," was dropped by the Royal Air Force in an attack on a Nazi warship in 1945.

The ordnance was discovered last year during dredging operations near the port city of Swinoujscie in the far northwest of Poland. The area was part of Germany during the war.

According to Grzegorz Lewandowski, a spokesman for the Polish Navy's 8th Coastal Defence Flotilla based in Swinoujscie, "It's a world first. Nobody has ever defused a Tallboy that is so well preserved and underwater."


Navy Divers Relocate Bomb to Save Australian Reef

Sydney, Australia An Australian Navy EOD team responded to a call of an unexploded bomb initially discovered by a fisherman on Elizabeth Reef near Lord Howe Island.

The fisherman took pictures of the ordnance and reported it to authorities. Navy divers travelled to the spot of the find and removed the device by floating it to the surface and towing it farther out to sea where it was dropped into 1,800-foot deep waters. The unexploded bomb was identified as a 45-KG bomb.


USMC EOD Task Force Koa Moana

Peleliu, Republic of Palau U.S. Marines with the explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) section with Task Force Koa Moana (TF KM) 20, I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), takes photos of UXO conduct a transfer of responsibly of UXO with members of the Palau National Safety office in Peleliu, Republic of Palau, Aug. 6, 2020. Marines and Sailors with TF KM20, are conducting engagements in the Republic of Palau from July through September of 2020.


EOD Called To Remove Missile From Airport

Lakeland, Florida A contractor at the Lakeland Linder International Airport got the shock of his day when he opened a container to find what he described as a "massive guided missile." The police were called and the airport was evacuated as an EOD team from nearby MacDill Air Force Base responded to remove the item which was deemed to be "live but not armed."


British EOD Clears Beach Area

East Yorkshire, United Kingdom An EOD Team from the 29th Group of Engineer Regiment 35 have been working the past few weeks to clear ordnance from a 600-acre area of Cowden Sands. The area previously served as a RAF and US Air Force practice bombing range until 1998.

The targets were situated at the top of a cliff above the beach. However, rapid erosion has led to significant amounts of ordnance being exposed on the beach. The removal work began on July 13 and the EOD team has recovered over 1,000 ordnance items with the majority being disposed of in controlled detonations.


Navy EOD Disposed UXO From Waters Off Lanikai

Lanikai Beach, Hawaii The U.S. Navy's EOD team, Detachment Mid-Pacific, safely set off C-4 explosives attached to UXO off Lanikai Beach. The detonation was the culmination of an all-day UXO removal for the special Navy team in cooperation with the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources.

Hawaii Bomb


Magnet Fishing Results In Hand Grenade Find

Vass, North Carolina The Crains Creek Fire Department announced via social media that a few locals were magnet fishing near Morrison Bridge and Riverview Drive when they found a hand grenade, missing its firing pin, near the bridge. Several emergency units responded, including military EOD, who determined that it was unsafe to transport the grenade.



Veterans Day 2019

November 11, 2019

On this Veterans Day, please remember to thank a Veteran for the sacrifices they made in support of our great country. We especially like to thank all those who have served or are serving in EOD as it takes a unique and brave individual to accept the mission of defeating IEDs and disposing of explosive threats.

Please also keep the families most touched and impacted by the risks faced by EOD in your thoughts and prayers as you reflect back on this Veteran's Day.


In the words of late President Ronald Reagan - "We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty."

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