Estate Sale Purchase Leads to UXO Response

Elyria, Ohio A North Ridgeville resident notified police after discovering an anti-tank shell in a box he purchased from an estate sale. The 106 mm recoilless rifle round, stamped with the year 1959, was detonated by the Lorain County Bomb Squad with the assistance of EOD from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

German Woman to Foot the Bill for WWII UXO Removal

Munich, Germany A German woman is facing a financial crisis after a 10-ton cache of live Nazi ammunition was found buried in her garden. Authorities in Munich informed Melitta Meinberger that she is legally responsible for paying the 200,000 euros (approximately $217,000 US dollars) to remove the stockpile found beneath her home in Kiefergarten. Workers building an addition onto her home unearthed mines, phosphorus bombs, hundreds of shells and grenades, hundreds of thousands of bullets, and anti-tank projectiles.

The state pays for the removal of all WWII ordnance on public land, but it does not pay for removal on private property. In the two weeks following the discovery of the ammunition, Meinberger and 200 of her neighbors have been forced from their homes between the hours of 8am and 4pm every day while experts work to remove the munitions. The process is expected to take 40 days, after which she will be billed for the efforts.

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Torpedeos Found At Construction Site

South Toms River, New Jersey A construction crew clearing the site of the old Shanty House on Atlantic City Boulevard were started to find two torpedoes buried in the area of the foundation. The crew contacted police who responded with investigators from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and Sheriff's Department, a New Jersey State Police bomb squad, and the Manitou Park Fire Department. After the bomb squad identified the items as military munitions, Navy EOD from Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck was called in. Navy EOD identified the torpedoes as inert training items and took possession of them for proper disposal.

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Live Hand Grenade Found on Residential Property

Clemson, South Carolina A homeowner called police after finding a hand grenade near a tree on his property. The police called EOD who responded and removed the grenade for proper disposal. It's unclear how the grenade, which appeared to be intact, ended up on the property.

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Boy Finds Grenade, Practices 3Rs

West Hartford, Connecticut The West Hartford Police Department responded to a home in West Hartford when a 12-year-old boy came home from school to find a dark green, pineapple hand grenade in his front yard. He wisely left it in place and went to tell his mother, who was shocked to find the munition in the mulch by her front porch. The local bomb squad plans to dispose of the ordnance which did not appear to be live.

Museum Pieces Destroyed After Explosives Detected

Aberystwyth, Wales Munitions on display at the Ceredigion Museum were destroyed after a recent inspection found traces of explosives. The WW I era munitions were reportedly found on a beach and have been in storage for decades. Several inspections over the years concluded that the munitions did not pose an explosive hazard.

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EOD Going "Out on a Limb" For A Munition

Studland, United Kingdom You've heard the expression, "Money doesn't grow on trees," but in the UXO world we also know that "Munitions don't grow on trees, either!" Police, Coastguard officials, and British Army EOD personnel were called to Studland after a father and son discovered an old military ordnance item in a tree.

The heavily corroded munition, judged to be approximately 70-years-old, was wedged among the branches of a silver birch tree. The Coastguard evacuated the area and called on Army bomb disposal experts for advice. The Wiltshire-based EOD team suspected the device could still be explosive. Upon x-raying it was found to be solid inside rather than liquid and deemed safe for removal.

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