Munition Forces Beach Closure

Angus, United Kingdom Army EOD was called to Easthaven beach in Angus following the discovery of a rust-encrusted suspicious item was discovered in the sand. Coast Guard teams secured the scene while awaiting the team's arrival.

A statement from the Coast Guard read in part, "The beach was closed off to ensure everyone was kept safe and the team waited for EOD to arrive. Once EOD arrived, they checked the item and confirmed that it was indeed ordnance. It was therefore decided that the item needed to be detonated using a controlled explosion."

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Armor-Piercing Shell Removed from UK Beach

Chalkwell, United Kingdom Southend Coast Guard were called in to investigate reports of suspected ordnance on Chalkwell beach shortly after Army EOD removed other ordnance from the area. The munition had been covered by the incoming tide, prompting the Coast Guard's return the next day.

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Suspect Ordnance Found On Beach

Lyme, United Kingdom the Lyme Regis Coast Guard Rescue Team (CRT) was called to the beach in Pinhay Bay after reports of suspect ordnance. However, by the time the response team arrived, the suspect item was underwater due to the tide.

The team setup a caution area and responded the following morning during low tide. When the object in question was investigated, the CRT coordinated with Royal Navy EOD to identify the item. EOD concluded that the object was an underwater drone used to locate mines.

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Live WWII Era Sea Mine Recovered

Wemyss Bay, Scotland the crew of a Marine Scotland research boat found got a surprise from the sea when they pulled up an old sea mine. The crew notified Cost Guard who responded to the vessel. Pictures were sent to the Royal Navy EOD team for review.

EOD identified the sea mine as a WWII era German mine that appeared to be live. EOD responded to the vessel as the seven crew members were evacuated by lifeboat before their vessel was sailed to Ettrick Bay on the Isle of Bute.

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Recreational Area Opened After UXO Removal Action

Lord Howe Island, Australia The Elizabeth Reef Recreational Use Zone of the Lord Howe Marine Park (Commonwealth waters) has been re-opened to marine park users, following a UXO removal action conducted by the Royal Australian Navy. The recreational area was closed last spring after UXO was found by recreational divers.

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EOD Responds To Discarded Relic

The Newberry County Sheriff's Office reported a military ordnance which appeared to be a discarded military relic. According to the Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster, "the piece was a three-inch shell, the application of which is not known."

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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.

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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."

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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.

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