School Show and Tell Ends With a Bang

Devon, United Kingdom A student brought an ordnance item to school for 'show and tell' but concerns raised the following day lead to a response by the a Royal Navy EOD team. The item was in the student's house for decades as it once belonged to the student's great grandfather.

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The student decided to bring in some his great grandfather's war medals and a few items of memorabilia, including the munition, to show the 9 and 10 year old classmates. After the item was brought home, the student's grandfather questioned if item was live. Concerned, he drove the device in the trunk of his car to the Barnstaple police station.

The police evacuated the area and called in the Royal Navy EOD team to dispose of the item. EOD disposed of the item in a controlled detonation.

A teacher at the school indicated in statement to the press that the school is reviewing its procedures for 'show and tell' In light of the incident.

One Soft Taco, One Burrito and One Grenade?

Ocala, Florida Police responded to a call of a grenade at a Taco Bell restaurant prompting a response from the local bomb squad. The incident occurred when an unidentified man found the item while magnet fishing in Ocklawaha after which he put the grenade his trunk and drove to Taco Bell before he decided to call 911.

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An Almost Unbelievable Munitions Cover-Up

Venio, The Netherlands Dutch police warned the public that it is "strictly ill-advised to lie down on a bomb". The incident which lead up this announcement involved a man gardening who uncovered a munition item. After realizing that the item was potentially dangerous, he began to cover the item in sand. In the process, he reportedly heard a whistling sound coming from the item.

Concerned, the man decided to lay on the item using his body to cover up the munition. Apparently, he wanted to limit the damage it could cause. When the whistling stopped, the man was so frightened to move that he called police from his cell phone. Police responded and evacuated nearby residents as they called EOD for support  all the while leaving the man perched on the item as they too did not want to take the chance in moving him.

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UXO is Not a Suitable Canvas for Artist's Work

Honolulu, Hawaii Artist Kahi Ching found an interesting object in Waikiki which he believed to be a piece of driftwood he could use for an art piece. After bringing it home, a friend suggested that it may indeed be something very different than wood and advised he contact authorities. The artist agreed and called the police.

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Civilian Drives Ordnance Around For Days Before Calling Police

Frederick, Oklahoma Officers at the Tillman County Sheriff's Department called the Fort Sill EOD team to remove an ordnance item from the back of a car. Reportedly the driver brought the round to the Sheriff's office after driving it around for days. The driver told police that he found the round in a ditch and did not think it was dangerous.

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Elderly Lady "Hands" Over Live Grenade

Leverkusen, Germany A 90-year-old woman caused panic at her local police station when she brought in a live grenade. Unaware that the item was dangerous, she brought it in to ask for help in disposing of what she thought was an old military relic. She was reportedly holding the UXO in her hand explaining that her husband had brought it home as a keepsake from WWII.

Following his death, she no longer wanted to display it in her house, where it had sat on a desk for decades. Staff at the station was alarmed and called in the bomb disposal squad. The building was evacuated and traffic cleared while EOD safely deactivated the device.

Man Finds Ordnance In Garden and Drives it Fire Station

Monchengladbach, Germany A man working in his garden uncovered an old rusty ordnance item. Suspecting it could be dangerous, the man put the bomb in a cardboard box and drove down to his local fire station to ask officials how to dispose of the find.

Firefighters called the ordnance disposal service to the site to dispose of the hazard. The ordnance disposal team identified the item as a WWII era British incendiary bomb. The item was safely disposed of through a controlled demolition shot.

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Ordnance Used As Doorstop

Omaha, Nebraska EOD from the 155th Civil Engineer Squadron responded to a call from the Omaha Police Department's (OPD's) Bomb Squad after an old military ordnance was turned in on fireworks amnesty day. The day is offered to provide the opportunity for citizens to turn in illegal items such as weapons, fireworks, or military ordnance without penalty.

The 8-inch diameter projectile had no visible markings and luckily was not live. The bomb squad properly disposed of the munition which the prior owner had reportedly modified by welding two bars onto the side to use it as a door stop for his barn.

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Tourist Attempts to Clear UXO Through Austrian Customs

Vienna, Austria Panic ensued at the Vienna Airport when an American tourist traveling back to the US from Austria attempted to bring a WWII UXO home. The unidentified 24-year-old told local authorities she found the shell on a hike.

A bomb disposal unit was called in when she attempted to take the shell through customs. A portion of the arrivals and luggage section of the airport was shut down during the response. She reportedly explained to authorities that after she found it, she took it back to her hotel room and cleaned it off so it wouldn't get her clothes dirty in her luggage.

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Mother Of Three Tries Selling UXO On Ebay

Lincolnshire, United kingdom A 49 year old mother of three got the surprise of her life when a would be buyer told her that the item she was selling on Ebay was actually live. She obtained the munition item from a box of various collectibles she bought at a recent auction. The box contained miscellaneous toys, old clocks, and what she thought was an inert munition item.

Not knowing any better, the woman actually let her kids handle and play with the round and even reportedly planned to allow one of her kids (ages 11, 15 and 17) to take the item to a school for a 'show and tell' lesson. Luckily, that never happened.

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