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.

Nature Preserve Closed Due to Munition Finds

Highland Park, Illinois Openlands Lakeshore Preserve in Highland Park remains closed after a suspected grenade and other WWII-era munition materials were recently found on the lakefront. An old hand grenade was found on the shoreline near the bottom of a bluff in the nature preserve according to Highland Park Deputy Police Chief Bill Bonaguidi.

A few days later, "other materials" that may have been old WWII aircraft flares were found in the same area. Bonaguidi said that the origins of the materials are under investigation and criminal activity is not suspected.

The preserve has been closed to the public as a precautionary measure while authorities investigate. Residents who find any unknown materials are advised to follow the 3R's  Recognize, Retreat and Report finds to 911.

Live WWII Era Incendiary Bomb Found In A Residential Home

Dorset, United Kingdom Officers from the Dorset Police Firearms and Operational Training Team were called to an unidentified property in Dorset for a potential UXO. The Joint Service EOD team responded and confirmed it was a live German WWII incendiary bomb. It was removed from the area and safely disposed of without incident.


WWII Ordnance Unearthed in New Jersey Yard

Cape May, New Jersey A Cape May resident found more than weeds while doing yard work when two rusty WWII-era UXO were uncovered according to authorities. The Cape May Fire Department secured the scene and the Atlantic City Bomb Squad responded and safety relocated the munitions to a nearby beach for controlled detonation.

Officials said that this is a common occurrence in the area as it served as a military base in the early 1900s. The public was also reminded to always report such potential explosive finds to authorities.

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