UXO Find by Children Hits Close to Home

East Honiara, Solomon Islands EOD from the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force safely removed a UXO discovered by children at the Panatina Creek in East Honiara. The munition was identified as US 81mm M57 WP Mortar.

The ordnance was located only feet from the home of the resident who reported the find. It has been transported to Hells Point for destruction at a later date.

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UXO Find Forces Evacuation

Bologna, Italy Nearly 10,000 residents were evacuated as Italian Army EOD rendered safe a WWII era bomb was found at a construction site. The response also impacted vehicle and rail traffic around the area and caused the cancellation of over 65 flights at Bologna airport.

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British WWII Era Bomb Disposed At Sea

Fano, Italy Authorities evacuated 23,000 residents after the discovery of British WWII era unexploded bomb. The 225-kilogram bomb was uncovered during excavation work on Sassonia beach. Authorities responding to the call identified that the bomb had a delay fuze.

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Construction of Childcare Center Halted by UXO

Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan Navy EOD responded to the construction site for a child-development center in Yokosuka after WWII UXO was uncovered. Area residents were forced to shelter in place until the 25mm anti-aircraft shells were eventually deemed inert by EOD. The area was declared safe and the cordon was lifted.

Recent UXO Finds Removed From Island Police Station

Tulagi, Soloman Islands EOD from the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force safely removed WWII UXO from Tulagi in the Central Islands Province to Honiara. The munitions were found in two separate locations and were being held at the Tulagi Police Station until they could be retrieved by EOD.

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The area is littered with WWII ordnance and residents have been warned to take precautions when gardening, digging during the construction of a new house and diving in the sea.

British Bombs Derail British Popstar in Germany

Essen, Germany British singing sensation Ed Sheeran's "Divide" tour met with an unexpected roadblock when the venue in Essen had to be moved from the Essen-Muelheim airfield to Dusseldorf because of suspected UXO.

Organizers of his upcoming summer performance there recently learned that 103 bombs dropped by British planes are believed to still remain buried and unexploded on the airfield.

"Double Trouble" as EOD Respond to UXO on Beach

Mappleton, United Kingdom Four bombs were found on an East Yorkshire beach, two by beachgoers, the other two by EOD responding to the scene of the first two finds. HM Coastguard at Hornsea were called to the scene of the discovery but quickly realized EOD was needed.

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A cordon was put in place as the incoming tide made it impossible to render the explosives safe. Following the high tide, EOD safely disposed of the munitions through four controlled explosions.

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Storm Exposes WWII Era UXO

Devon, England Recent storm Emma that pounded Slapton Beach caused severe erosion exposing at least two UXO items including a US M1AI AT mine and a WWII era bomb (exact nomenclature not reported). The two finds were found over a two day period.

Slapton Sands was the location for Operation Tiger, the code name for one in a series of large-scale rehearsals for the D-Day invasion of Normandy, which was conducted in April 1944. Live naval and artillery ammunition was used during the exercise to make it as real as possible in an attempt to accustom the soldiers to what they were about to experience.

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Airport Temporarily Closed Due to UXO Find

London, United Kingdom All flights in and out of London City Airport were canceled for nearly a day as an EOD Team from the Royal Navy conducted a disposal operation on a WWII era 1,100 pound bomb found nearby River Thames. In addition to the airport flights being temporarily halted, nearby residents were evacuated.

The bomb was discovered at the George V Dock during pre-planned construction work. London City, the smallest of London's international airports, handled 4.5 million passengers last year. It's located in east London's docklands, an area that was heavily bombed during World War II.

Roadside Grenade Sparks Concern in Philippines

Pangasinan, Philippines Early commuters and those attending church services were surprised and worried when someone spotted a grenade by the roadside. Fearing the worst, civilians contacted local police. A SWAT-EOD team was assembled and dispatched to handle the situation. The team successfully removed what was identified as a WWII era MKII hand grenade to be safely disposed of off-site. Local police are investigating where the grenade may have come from.

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