Phosphorous Flare Found on Popular UK Beach

Watchet, United Kingdom The Watchet Coastguard issued a safety warning to members of the public after it found a UXO on popular Lilstock Beach. Upon arrival, the team located the suspected ordnance, identified as a phosphorous flare, and established a safety cordon around it. After consulting with a Royal Navy EOD team, it was determined that the flare could not be destroyed until daylight. Members of the public were warned not to approach or touch the flare.


Boy Recovers Barnacle-Covered Bomb in Benicia

Benicia, California A young boy found a strange metal object in the waters off the coast of Benicia. The boy swam down and picked the barnacle-encrusted object up and brought it to shore to show to his father. The father recognized the device as an old grenade, and quickly called the police to report the find.

Officers arrived on scene and evacuated the area before calling in local Air Force EOD to investigate. The EOD squad from the Travis Air Force Base responded to the call and assisted in safe disposal of the grenade. They then cleared the area ensuring no more explosives were around before opening the area back up to the public. No injuries were reported from the incident.

Beach Closed After UXO Find

Norfolk, United Kingdom A local resident alerted the Coast Guard after discovering what he described as a "mortar-type device". The Coast Guard responded but could not locate the item due to the incoming tide. For safety reasons, the beach area was closed after the device could not be found.


The item was re-discovered the following day when it washed ashore. The Coast Guard called EOD who dispatched a team from Portsmouth to dispose of the item.

EOD Responds to Possible Munition Finds In Outer Banks

Outer Banks, North Carolina Two possible mines were discovered in separate areas along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, one on Whale Head Beach in Corolla and a second near Cape Hatteras National Seashore, according to a news release from the National Park Service. An EOD unit from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point was called in to investigate both finds.

There is no word on the identification of the Hatteras find (shown below), but EOD did identify the Whale Head Beach item as an inert training mine.


In with the Tide, Out with the Bomb Squad

Osterville, Massachusetts A beachgoer discovered a military ordnance on Dowses Beach in Osterville while walking along the shoreline. Officials resonded to find a phosphorous signal flare used for Navy training exercises. The device was removed by the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad and taken to a local landfill where it was rendered safe.

Military Marine Flare "Sparks" Concern

Harwich, Massachusetts Beachgoers rightly reported a suspect device found floating in the waters of Nantucket Sound. Harwich Police and Fire responded to the scene and evacuated people in the area while the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad inspected the item.

Hazardous device technicians removed the item which was determined to be a military marine white phosphorous flare, dropped from an aircraft to mark a location at sea. The item was taken to the Harwich Transfer Station for proper disposal.


Park Temporarily Closed Due To Off-Shore Munition Find

Makua Beach, Hawaii Authorities temporarily closed a portion of the Kaena Point State Park due to the discovery of a munition item located approximately 60 feet off-shore. The munition was initially found by two divers in five feet of water just off of Makua Beach.

Park officials called the Honolulu Police Department Bomb Squad to report the find. Police coordinated with Navy EOD who responded and destroyed the item in place without incident. The munition is shown below (exact type not reported).

Makua Beach

Missing Persons Investigation Turns Up Munition

Watervliet, New York New York State Police divers searching for evidence in the case of missing 21-year-old Noel Alkaramla, found a 40 mm round in the Hudson River. Navy divers were called in to remove and dispose of the ordnance which is unrelated to the case.

It is unknown how the UXO ended up in the river, but the search was being conducting in the area north of the Watervliet Arsenal where artillery pieces are made.

Seawolf Missile Tail Reeled in by UK Fishermen

Brixham, United Kingdom A British Royal Navy EOD team was called to investigate a reported munition item aboard a fishing boat in Brixham. The item was identified as a spent propulsion unit from a Seawolf missile, which would have been fired from a Naval vessel.

Once deemed inert, the ordnance was transferred from the fishing vessel to the quay and then to the EOD's vehicle for disposal.

Resident Finds UXO Along Cape Cod Beach

East Falmouth, Massachusetts A local resident called police to report finding "old ammunition shell" on the beach. Falmouth Police responded, and later contacted the Mass State Police Hazardous Devices Unit. The Bomb Technicians moved the device to an open area off Blacksmith Shop Road where they safely disposed on the ordnance through open detonation.

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