WWII Artillery Shell Found on Construction Site

Wrexham, North Wales Workers on the site of a new housing development in Wrexham notified North Wales Police, Ministry of Defence (MOD) and an ordnance expert after discovering a potential UXO during construction.

In a statement from police, residents in the area who reported hearing a large boom similar to a fireworks explosion were assured, "We had a report of an unexploded device. The EOD attended and conducted a controlled explosion."

The MOD confirmed, "We can confirm the Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Chester Troop, 521 Squadron, 11 EOD Regiment RLC was called out to attend an incident at a building site in Wrexham yesterday. Upon inspection the item was found to be a 105mm shell and was safely detonated in situ this morning at 08.14hrs."


WWII UXO Leads to Large-Scale Evacuation in German City

Furth, Germany An American WWII air bomb was discovered in the German town of Fürth, prompting the evacuation of over 1,200 residents and employees in a 300-meter radius, according to city officials.

The dud bomb, which weighed around 225 kg, was discovered on a construction site west of Fürth, a town near the city of Nuremberg.


Hurricane Churns up UXO, Depositing it on Florida Shoreline

Indian River County, Florida A woman walking on a Florida beach found a WWII-era landmine and another historic ordnance (type not reported) near the St. Lucie County line. After reporting the suspicious find, local officials contacted Patrick Air Force Base EOD for technical support as they evacuated the area.

EOD removed the ordnance for proper safe disposal. The area were the ordnance was found once served as the Fort Pierce Naval Amphibious Training Base which operated from 1943 to 1946. The USACE carried out a removal action in the area in 2019 but authorities suspect that the recent finds washed ashore from hurricane Larry.

Utility Contractors Find WWII Era Bomb

Derbyshire Village, United Kingdom workers from the Western Power Distribution company laying new utility lines made an explosive discovery when they found a WWII era bomb in Earl Sterndale. EOD was called out to investigate and respond to the find.


Allied Bomb Found at Austria Construction Site

St. Valentin, Lower Austria Construction workers uncovered a WWII era Allied bomb during excavation at a construction site near a former Nazi tank factory. Experts removed the rear detonator from the 1,100 pound bomb before it was relocated for disposal.


WWII UXO Leads to Large-Scale Shutdowns

Goole, England A UXO found on the building site of a new housing development forced the evacuation of eight homes and the closure of portions of roadway M62, according to Humberside Police. EOD were called following the discovery of the 500-lb WWII device and confirmed it was live.

Road closure were set up on both east and westbound lanes of the M62 to allow the team to prepare for detonation of the device.

A no-fly zone above the area was also imposed. People living or staying in the wider immediate area were asked to stay indoors, and businesses within the cordoned area were closed until the bomb could be rendered safe. The find also led to the cancellation of Goole's park run which had been rescheduled following months of being placed on hold for COVID restrictions.


WWII Munition Found in Wales Woodland

Wales, United Kingdom Army EOD responded to the discovery of a suspicious device in a woodland area in Wales. The unit was called after Gwent Police received a report of the munition found in Craig-Y-Felin Woods. After examining the device, EOD safely disposed of the WWII ordnance through a controlled detonation.

Police Issue Warning Regarding Live WWII Rounds

Seaview, United Kingdom Police and EOD were called to respond to a report of possible ordnance. According to police reports, the item is believed to be a 20mm round from a WWII fighter plane. Responding EOD determined that the munition was still live.

A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Police said, "I am grateful to the member of public that found it on the beach and called us. Unfortunately it was picked up and moved, this is dangerous for the person moving it and for the immediate area where it was placed. If you find any old ammunition please leave it where it is and call us. We will instruct you further."

Pit Latrine Digging Unearths Massive UXO Reserve

Honiara, Solomon Islands Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) EOD has removed 101 WWII UXO at Gilbert Camp in Honiara in a two-day operation. A man discovered the collection of projectiles while digging a pit latrine.

According to EOD Inspector Clifford Tunuki, "EOD operators have unearthed 101 UXOs after we received the report from the community. The UXOs are safely stored at Hells Points for render safe."


UXO Find Leads to Partial Shutdown of Army Garrison Bavaria

Grafenwoehr, Germany A section of the U.S. Army's largest training base in Europe was closed off after WWII-era rifle grenades were discovered by workers digging a trench near a building. A tweet from U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria announced that UXO had been found near Building 541 at Grafenwoehr's Tower Barracks and advised people to stay away from the area until further notice.

According to Don Wrenn, a USAG Bavaria spokesman, "One of the buildings in the area is under renovation and a trench was being dug in the area in conjunction with this when the (ordnance) was found." The four rifle grenades were safely removed from the site, Wrenn said.

Rifle grenades were used by many combatants in WWII to fill a tactical gap between hand grenades and mortars. They were also frequently used by infantry as an anti-tank weapon.

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