Magnet Fishermen Discover Large Quantity of Explosive Devices

Failsworth, England Magnet fishing enthusiast, Sophie Doyle, was one of a small group of magnetic fishermen who discovered over 1,000 potential underwater explosive items in a canal at Daisy Nook Country Park. Police, EOD, and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service responded to the call of what is believed to be railway track explosives.

In a social media post, Doyle said that the devices "seem to be absolutely everywhere" in the canal and that the police and bomb squad were "in shock when they saw what we had all retrieved from the water."

A cordon was in place for several hours while the items were removed and taken away for testing. A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said, "Officers were called to a report of possible unexploded devices found in a canal in Daisy Nook Country Park in Stannybrook Road, Failsworth, just after 5.30pm on Sunday. All devices were removed and the area open again at 9pm. Devices were taken away by the EOD for testing."

English Fishing Vessel 'Nets' WWII Bomb

Portsmouth, England The discovery of what was first thought to be a torpedo, prompted a warning to vessels on the Solent, a strait between the Isle of Wight and Great Britain. A fishing vessel dragged up the UXO in its nets, prompting an overnight response from Royal Navy EOD.

It was confirmed that the ordnance was a WWII German SC500 bomb and not a torpedo. The bomb was safely destroyed by a controlled explosion.

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UK Coastguard Issues Warning Regarding Military Flares

Sandymouth, United Kingdom A Coastguard team in North Cornwall issued a warning regarding military flares on Cornish beaches. The Bude Coastguard Rescue Team published the warning after it was called to two separate incidents in 24 hours involving military-grade flares.

One of the flares found was marked 'US Navy'. The flares are typically usually used for search and rescue operations or to cordon off areas. The warning posted to the Bude Coastguard Rescue Team's social media page, read, "Bude Coastguard Rescue Team were paged for a second time today at 16:49 and once again tasked to investigate a report from Sandymouth Lifeguards of a second phosphorous submarine flare that had been washed up onto the beach and discovered by a member of the public who subsequently handed it to the lifeguards. Understanding the serious danger posed by the object, the lifeguards placed the flare by the cliff face nearby and created a safety cordon."

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UXO Off Molokini Crater Will Not Be Detonated in Place

Maui, Hawaii Two WWII bombs off Molokini Crater will be left in place until a non-explosive removal option is developed, according to a statement from Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). The decision not to detonate the munitions in place was based on a state-requested assessment from the Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board (DDESB).

Environmentalists, community members and lawmakers expressed concern over the detonation of WWII UXO in the waters off the crater which could cause possible irreversible damage to coral reefs, ocean life and the island itself.

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Ordnance Washes Ashore

Suffolk Beach, United Kingdom Police officer were called to respond to a call from a civilian walking the beach concerning a potential UXO find. Police inspected the item and notified an EOD unit from Colchester for assistance.

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Ordnance Exposed As Tide Recedes

Sandwich Bay, United Kingdom HM Coast Guard and Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) EOD personnel responded to reports of ordnance finds along the beach. An exclusion zone was established around the items as teams prepared for demo operations.

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High Tide Hinders Detonation of Corroded, Beached Ordnance

Mexico Beach, Florida Tyndall Air Force Base EOD responded to the Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe area for a corroded cluster of suspect WWII-era ordnance that washed ashore. The items were heavily corroded and an attempted demolition / disposal had to be rescheduled when the initial detonation failed due to the rising high tide.

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Artillery Shell Found in Bulgarian Riverbed

Plovdiv , Bulgaria A corroded UXO was discovered on the riverbed of the Maritsa near Plovdiv. The 91st Engineer Battalion for General Maintenance - Plovdiv has identified the item as a 37 mm artillery shell. The item was safely removed and transported to a secure location for disposal according to the press office of the Ministry of Defense.

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UXO Discovered On Off-Shore Windfarm Site

Scottish Coast 18 UXO items were found during a survey of the Moray East Offshore Windfarm project including 15 UXO in the North Sea windfarm site itself and another three found in the corridor leading to shore. A Dutch firm involved in laying the cabling for the project will reportedly assist with the UXO either through removal or offshore disposal. The development, due to begin construction in 2021, is expected to power more than 950,00 homes.

Diver Reports UXO Sighting to Coast Guard

Piscataqua, New Hampshire The Coast Guard warned boaters and divers to stay away from an area known as Hart's Cove after a diver reported seeing a UXO item. The Coast Guard has also notified the New Hampshire Division of Ports and Harbors to assist in re-routing maritime traffic to avoid that area until EOD responds to investigate.

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