Authorities plan to defuse the bombs in sequence on the same day in order to limit the inconvenience to the public, however an estimated 50,000 city residents, a whopping 10 percent of the population, may be forced to evacuate their homes. A date has yet to be set, but it will likely be sometime in May.
Brondesbury Park, United Kingdom A construction crew digging a foundation for a parking garage uncovered a WWII era bomb prompting a swift response by police. An EOD team was called in to investigate. A few hundred residents had to be evacuated from the exclusion zone while the bomb was rendered safe for removal and disposal.
Saxony, Germany An unexploded World War II bomb was inadvertently transported across Germany before being discovered at a recycling plant. The 3 foot long 300-pound bomb (exact type not reported) was transported from the western city of Cologne to the eastern state of Saxony hidden in a pile of construction debris in a dump truck.
When the bomb was finally discovered, the police were called who responded with a bomb disposal team to safely remove the bomb for proper disposal. Approximately 600 residents in the surrounding areas were evacuated from their homes during the response for safety purposes.
Thessaloniki, Greece Authorities executed a large scale evacuation of people (nearly 70,000) in support of a bomb disposal operational. A public campaign launched days in advance included flyers, posters, and public announcements warning residents about the need to evacuate for safety.
The evacuation was necessary so bomb disposal technicians could render safe a U.S. WWII era 250-pound bomb. The bomb was recently found buried beneath a gas station during a construction project to expand the tank farm.
Chalan Kiya, Saipan Construction workers working on a sewer line project contacted the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services after finding an unexploded bomb buried 10 feet below the ground surface. Navy EOD personnel based in Guam responded and identified the UXO as a WWII era 500-pound bomb (specific type not reported). EOD safely re-located the bomb for off-site disposal.
Barrigadam, Guam Students at P.C. Lujan Elementary School in Guam may never get a "snow day," but they did have an unexpected "ordnance" day as school was evacuated and closed early for authorities to clear a WWII UXO discovered during construction on Guam Army National Guard property adjacent to the school.
The school was inside of the blast radius, so it, along with portions of the National Guard base, were evacuated. The Guam Fire Department and Guam Police Department responded to a 911 call when the munition was uncovered during work on a sewer system. Naval Base Guam EOD was called to dispose of the unidentified ordnance.
London, England The Royal Navy and Metropolitan Police shut down Waterloo Bridge, Westminster Bridge and Victoria Embankment in central London while a WWII German SD bomb was towed along the river to Tilbury, Essex, where it was safely detonated. Police responded to the river for the reported ordnance find, dropped duirng WWII.
Kingstown, Rhode Island A state police bomb squad unit was dispatched to the Quonset Business Park to investigate old ordnance recovered from the area. The type of UXO removed was not reported but the North Kingstown Police Department indicated that the ordnance have been found in the past with an average of 4 - 5 finds per year.
Jacksonville, Florida A piece of military ordnance was found by a Jacksonville parkgoer using a metal detector. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad responded to the call and identified the munition as a WWII er 60mm mortar. The item was properly disposed of through a controlled detonation procedure.