Garden Variety Ordnance

Basingstoke, United Kingdom A couple made a shocking discovery when they unearthed a munition item while digging in their garden. The couple told a neighbor about the discovery who recommended that they contact the police to report the find.

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Mysterious Explosion Blamed on UXO

Hampton, Virginia Local police responded to a call about an explosion on a site on Wythe Creek Road near Winder Farm Lane. Police suspect that the explosion was caused by UXO that became "unstable". They did not release any details on the exact type of UXO involved or the evidence collected that supported their suspicions. No one was injured as a result of the explosion.

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Swimming Pool Install Results In UXO Finds

Shangqiu, China Workers digging for a pool uncovered some suspicious objects in the dirt. The unaware workers initially thought the items were bricks or scrap metal debris. However, after a few more finds, the construction team became concerned and reported the finds to the authorities.

Shangqiu police responded and called in bomb disposal personnel for assistance. Within a day, more than 3,000 munitions related items were excavated from the area. Authorities suspect that the rusty munitions can be traced back 70 years to the Second Sino-Japanese War.

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Man Finds UXO While Mowing Lawn

Texarkana, Texas A man mowing his lawn at his house on Magnolia Street noticed something unusual sticking out of the ground. After digging around the item to get a better view, he noticed it was ordnance. The man called the local police department to report the find.

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Real Estate Agent Finds Box of Munitions

Telarah, Australia A real estate agent inspecting a vacant property found a motorcycle and an unmarked box left the property. The agent suspected that the motorcycle may have been stolen and was about to contact the police when they looked inside the box and found a variety of munitions.

The agent called the police who responded with technical support from a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) EOD team. The munitions were inspected and reported to be inert shell casings (type not reported). The items were removed from the house for proper disposal. Police also seized the motorcycle for further examination.

Digging Dog Discovers Munition

Dorset, United Kingdom A British dog owner was surprised when his dog who isn't normally a "digger," began frantically digging on Studland beach in Dorset. When he went to investigate, the owner was even more surprised to find that the digging had yielded what appeared to be a WWII shell. He immediately called authorities.

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Ordnance Found During Yard Work

La Vale, MD Contractors working on a yard in western Maryland found a military ordnance item. The crew notified the police who called in the State Fire Marshal. A bomb disposal unit was dispatched to remove the ordnance which was identified as being inert (specific nomenclature not provided).

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A Potentially Deadly Garden Display

Orchard Island, Florida UXO technicians working on as part of a USACE sponsored FUDS investigation at the Former Fort Pierce Naval Amphibious Training Base found a rocket and other munitions debris in a residential garden. Although the rocket was missing the fuze section, it was handled by Patrick Air Force EOD as an emergency response.

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Dredge Evacuated for Potential UXO Threat

Shoreham Harbour, United Kingdom A bomb disposal unit was called to inspect a suspect UXO hauled in by a dredge at Shoreham Harbour. Littlehampton Coastguard responded to inspect the ordnance. They then contacted EOD who recommended the item be left in position until could arrive.

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New Homeowner Finds "Boom Box" in Basement

White Township, Pennsylvania A new homeowner found an old wooden box under the stairs while renovating his home before moving in. Upon inspecting the contents, he found it filled with military munitions. He stuck it back under the stairs and continued with his project. It wasn't until it was actually time to move in that he decided he should contact authorities about the find.

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