WWII Rounds Found At Construction Site

Peterborough, United Kingdom An EOD team from RAF Wittering responded to a site on High Street after reports that a set of four WWII era 40mm anti-aircraft rounds had been unearthed. EOD safely relocated the rounds to a nearby field and carried out a controlled disposal operation. A search of the area did not reveal any additional ordnance items.

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Large Evacuation for Large Bomb Defusing

Berlin, Germany Approximately 10,000 people were evacuated from their homes in western Berlin after a 550-pound unexploded World War II-era bomb was discovered by construction workers. Authorities say it was a German bomb with a Russian detonator. Several city blocks were barricaded and trains stopped while the munition was safely defused.

WWII Era 4,000 Pound British Bomb Recovered

Frankfurt, Germany Construction workers uncovered 4,000 pound WWII era British bomb which sparked a massive response operation by police and bomb disposal personnel. The response involved evacuating nearly 60,000 residents and businesses from a 1 mile evacuation area.

The bomb, identified as a High Capacity (HC) British Bomb (likely a MK I version given the reported descriptions), packed approximately 1.4 tons of high explosives). The render safe operation reported was completed ahead of the planned 12-hour response as bomb technicians safely de-fuzed the bomb so it could be transported for off-site disposal. Residents were allowed back into the exclusion zone following the response.

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UK EOD Remove Live Garden Grenade

Honiton, United Kingdom A rusty but live WWII Mills Grenade Mark V was found in the undergrowth by a gardener, prompting the establishment of a 50-meter cordon in the area. The munition was moved to a nearby field, packed with plastic explosives, re-covered with soil, and safely detonated by an EOD team from Plymouth.

Outer Banks, NC WWII Training Round Find

Hatteras, North Carolina A WWII era munition was found on Hatteras Island, the second in a week's time. The National Park Service found the ordnance in a remote area on the southern end of the island. Navy EOD was called to respond. They identified the item as a practice round and safely disposed of the item.

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Shelly Island WWII-Era Munition Find

Hatteras, North Carolina Rangers at Cape Hatteras National Seashore closed the off-road vehicle and pedestrian ramp to the Cape Point area after someone reported a suspicious object on the beach of the newly-formed Shelly Island.

A U.S. Navy EOD unit responded to investigate and determined that the object was a WWII training ordnance. The item was removed off-site for further examination and disposal.

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Munition Spotted In Canal

Barnoldswick, United Kingdom A local resident called police after he reportedly noticed a munition item in the shallow waters of a canal. The Royal Logistics Corps Bomb Disposal Unit was dispatched from Chester and spent several hours searching the area before finding a WWII era practice projectile. The bomb squad safely removed the item for proper disposal and thanked the public for reporting the find.

Spring Cleaning Turns Up WWII Era Projectile

Hiroshima, Japan A family doing some spring cleaning in the garage were startled after they discovered an old munition item buried in a closet. The family promptly notified authorities who responded with technical support from members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force 13th Division.

The munition was identified as a WWII era Japanese projectile (specific type not provided). It's unclear how the projectile ended up in the house or exactly how long it was in the closet. Authorities safely removed the projectile for proper off-site disposal.

Unexploded Landmine Removed by UK EOD

North Devon, United Kingdom A Ministry of Defence EOD team from Plymouth responded to a coastal home after a construction crew discovered a rusty WWII Landmine. A 100-meter area was cordoned off around the munition as the team removed it for safe disposal. The site was used as a gun emplacement during the war to cover the adjacent beaches against enemy landings.

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Historic Evacuation Planned to Rid German City of WWII UXO

Hanover, Germany One of the biggest evacuations in post-WWII history could be about to take place in Hanover, after several war-era bombs were discovered in the capital of Lower Saxony. EOD are assessing the find to determine just many bombs are buried there, a process which will take several weeks.

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.

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