EOD Responds to Site of Deadly Recycling Center Explosion

Ellisville, Mississippi Jarrell Recycling in Ellisville was evacuated after an explosion from an unknown source led to the death of an employee. James Keyes, 35, of Laurel, died from "major lower body trauma" sustained during the explosion.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, and the Mississippi State Fire Marshal's Office responded to investigate the explosion.

An Army EOD team from Fort Polk, Louisiana, was called to assist after another explosive device, described as a "potentially military ordnance device," was discovered during the investigation, according to the Jones County Sheriff's Department. Authorities don't know where the device came from or how long it was at the recycling center.

The EOD team destroyed the device and conducted a check of the property. No additional military ordnance was found.


Grenade Found At Recycling Center

Luxembourg, Germany The Schifflange recycling center was temporally closed after a live grenade was found mixed in with the recycling debris. The Germany Army responded and safely removed the grenade for proper disposal.



Artillery Round Dropped Off At Recycling Center

Fergus Falls, Minnesota The Otter Tail County Recycling Center was evacuated after somebody left an artillery round in their hazardous waste removal area. Police said they were called out after the artillery round was dropped off in the morning. The Crow Wing County Bomb Squad was called in to remove and properly dispose of the item identified on as an artillery round.

Although the round was dropped off anomalously, police are investigating to see if they can determine who dropped off the round.

EOD Recovers Grenades From Recycling Facility

East Devon, United Kingdom An EOD team was called to investigate three grenades found at the Knowle Hill Recycling Center after an employee reported the suspicious finds. EOD confirmed recovering one live and two spent smoke grenades from the site.


UXO Found Among Farming Tools at Scrap Yard

Tarkio, Montana EOD from Whiteman Air Force Base traveled to a Atchison County scrap yard to examine a WWII rocket located among scrap metal being sorted for recycling. The munition was mixed in with some farming implements at the plant. Workers on the scene realized the potential danger and alerted authorities.


Munition Found At Quarry Site

Eversley, United Kingdom Workers at a quarry found a munition at the worksite and called the police to report the find. Police responded and evacuated the area before calling in the bomb squad.


Munition Found At Scrap Metal Yard Sparks Response

Lakehurst, New Jersey Workers at Sims Metal Management called police after finding a munition item mixed in with scrap metal being recycled. The Emergency Services Unit of the Newark Police Division responded and declared the 1,000 pound munition (specific type not reported) "safe". Newark police subsequently reported the discovery to officials at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for final disposal of the munition. Find occurred on 22 September 2016.

Mortar Recovered From Scrap Metal Yard

Miri, Borneo An unexploded WWII mortar was detonated after it was found mixed in with scrap metal at a Borneo recycling plant. Police and bomb disposal experts responded to remove the UXO which was identified as a live mortar round. It was transported to a safe location for detonation.


File This UXO Find Under "Here We Go Again"

Frederick, Maryland The Maryland State Bomb squad responded to what has become an all-to-familiar scene of a suspect UXO at a scrap yard. Officials removed what appeared to be an old hand grenade from Reliable Recycling Inc.

An employee noticed the munition in scrap pile. The grenade was intact and appeared to still have the pin in place. The item was moved to a distant part of the yard away from employees and behind a concrete barrier while employees called 911.


OSHA Clears Tucson Scrap Yard in UXO Death

Tucson, Arizona An investigation by the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health found no misconduct by Tucson Iron & Metal, the scrap yard where a worker died last year after he cut into a MK-82 general purpose bomb, resulting in the deadly explosion.

A report issued cleared the company from responsibility in the accidental death of Daniel Wright, 46, who used an acetylene cutting torch to cut into the UXO.

According to the report, another employee who recognized the item as ordnance told Wright that they were not to cut into anything that might be an explosive, but Wright believed it was safe because he thought it was hollow.


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