That's No "Peace Pipe" - That's a UXO!

Basildon, United Kingdom While treasure hunting with his wife in Pitsea, a man came across what he believed to be an old pipe. Luckily for the two, the man was knowledgeable enough to recognize that the pipe he had dug up was actually a munition item.

He contacted police, who in turn contacted a Ministry of Defense Bomb Squad. The bomb squad arrived and identified the item as WWII era ordnance (exact type and nomenclature not reported). The item was safely and successfully detonated by the bomb squad to eliminate any threat.

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Soloman Islands EOD Respond to Multiple UXO Calls

Munda, Soloman Islands The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara responded to reports of a UXO at Munda Airport in the Western Province. The munition was found close to a runaway by a contractor working on the fence line at the airport. The responding bomb disposal unit was to safely relocate the item for off-site disposal.

While authorities were responding, two more unidentified UXO items were reported at Kindu, Munda. The bomb disposal unit responded and conducted an in-place disposal as the items were deemed unsafe to move.

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Maui Munition Forces Beach Closure

Maui, Hawaii Public access to a Makena Beach in Maui was temporarily restricted after Maui police responded to a UXO find. The old, rusted ordnance was found lodged between rocks at the beach. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) reported that the ordnance was found about 150-200 yards north of an area known as "five graves."

DLNR is monitoring the area until EOD from Oahu can respond to investigate the unidentified item.The public has been asked to stay away from a closed-off area near Chang's Beach in Makena until the UXO has been removed.

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Washington Interstate Closed for UXO Transport

Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington The southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were shutdown as officials removed a UXO discovered near Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM). The old landmine (exact type not reported) was unearthed by railroad workers.

EOD from JBLM deemed the item potentially hazardous and ordered it removed to the base for disposal. Transportation of the ordnance was safely executed and all lanes were reopened.

EOD to Dispose of UXO on Plum Tree Island

Newport News, Virginia The 633rd Civil Engineering Squadron EOD from the Joint Base Langley-Eustis will dispose of three UXO on Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel discovered the items in January.

One has been identified as a rocket warhead and the other two are marine markers. Plum Tree Island was utilized as a bombing range from 1917 to the late 1950s.

Residents in the adjacent areas have been notified that explosions may be heard during disposal operations.

500 British Bomb Located During Survey

Suffolk, United Kingdom A geophysical survey crew located a 500 pound bomb and a mortar round at a project site in Thetford Forest (the largest pine forest in the U.K.).

The area is known to contain UXO therefore, the Forestry Commission who owns the site had the survey completed in support of an upcoming construction project. The bomb was detected with GPR and the Suffolk police kept guard on the items overnight until the bomb disposal team was able to blow the items in place the following day.

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UXO Disposal "Down the Shore"

Monmouth County, New Jersey A U.S. Navy EOD team will carryout a controlled explosion to dispose of a UXO that washed ashore at the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area in northern Monmouth County. The item was identified as a mortar round.

The park will be closed to the public while the Naval Weapons Station Earle's EOD team conducts the operation at Sandy Hook, a site which frequently has reports of ordnance items on its beaches. The area is near Fort Hancock, an active military base until 1974 as well as the proving ground of the U.S. Army from 1874 until 1919.

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Munition Removed from Hilton Head

Hilton Head, South Carolina An EOD team from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort removed a WWII-era training round from the beach at Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island. The item was removed and taken to the air station where it will either be rendered inert and preserved if has historical value, or safely destroyed if not.

Unarming University UXO

Tallahassee, Florida It may be normal to hear loud noises from college campuses, but the big boom heard by people in the area of Florida State recently wasn't rowdy football fans or partying Greeks, it was the controlled detonation of a WWII bomb unearthed by construction workers building a college apartment complex near the campus.

The blast, carried out by the Tallahassee Police Department with the help of a Tyndall Air Force Base EOD team, was safely executed after the EOD team excavated a deep hole and buried the bomb before detonating it. The bomb fell out of the roots of a tree that workers pulled from the ground. A remediation team has been hired to insure the area is clear of other UXO.

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Yardwork Yields UXO

Liliha, Hawaii Crews assisting with yard work at a residential property were surprised to unearth a projectile laying in the area. The workers called the police who responded with support from an Army EOD Unit based out of Schofield Barracks.

EOD transported the munition (show below), identified as a 5"/38 projectile, to Schofield Barracks for proper disposal.

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