Army Sergeant Charged For Allegedly Stealing Munitions

Dawsonville, Georgia A U.S. Army sergeant has been arrested and charged by local authorities for allegedly stealing over a dozen explosive devices from the Camp Merrill Training Facility. Sgt. Jesse Gray Phillips, 23, was arrested after investigators received an anonymous tip, leading them to find multiple illegal explosive devices, firearms and narcotics in Phillips' vehicle and residence.

Investigators conducted a traffic stop on Phillips' vehicle near his home. A subsequent search of the vehicle reportedly resulted in two military smoke grenades and a handgun. A subsequent search of the suspect's home reportedly led to the discovery of 15 ground burst M115 devices, four blasting caps, an additional smoke grenade, and two rifles.

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Father and Son Foolishly Handle WP Round

Folkstone, United Kingdom A 50-year civilian and his two sons are lucky to be alive after they found a WWII era mortar while exploring Warren Beach. After finding the mortar round, the father reportedly held the round in his hand to post a photo of it on social media.

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Explosive Cup Holder - Man Drives Grenade To Police Station

Chattanooga, Tennessee A man drove his truck to the Hixson fire hall and informed the crew that he had a World War II Japanese hand grenade in his cup holder that he needed "help getting rid of the device." Firefighters took precautions and called the Chattanooga Police Department's Bomb Squad to help properly dispose of the grenade.

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Live Grenade in Goodwill Bin

West Bend, Wisconsin According to police reports, an employee at a West Bend Goodwill found a hand grenade in the donation bin. Officers safely evacuated the store and secured the surrounding area before requesting assistance from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office bomb disposal unit. A subsequent press release from officials confirmed that the hand grenade was live (specific type not reported) and that it was safely transported for disposal.

Preparations for VP Visit Interrupted by Ordnance Find

Harwich, Massachusetts In an ill-advised move, a resident drove an ordnance item he found in his basement to the Harwich Police Station. Police sent out a notice stating: "The parking area and lobby of the Public Safety Facility is CLOSED due to an unexploded military shell that was brought to the station. If you need to come to the station you must pull to the far right side of the fire station and call 430-7541. A dispatcher will speak with you and an officer will come to you. Please do not get out of your vehicle."

Officers placed the item in a cordoned off area of the parking lot. They notified the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad. The units were on Nantucket preparing for the visit of VP Mike Pence and Gov. Charlie Baker, so a state police helicopter was able to fly the members of the bomb squad back to the mainland. Barnstable Police then brought them to their vehicles, and they rushed to move the ordnance to a secure location where it was safely detonated. The troopers believed it was an an inert training aid used back in WWII. However, they did not want to take any chances with the item.

Boater Brings Live Ordnance to Marina

Carteret County, North Carolina Military ordnance was cause for concern at a Carteret County marina after a boater found the UXO in nearby waters. The ordnance was brought to Dudley's Marina by the boater, who transported the device from Browns Inlet to Dudley's Marina in Cedar Point. Upon arrival, employees of the marina notified law enforcement with N.C. Marine Patrol, who notified New River Air Station.

A Marine EOD unit from Camp Lejeune responded to secure the area. Several local agencies were involved in the disposal including Marine Patrol, the U.S. Coast Guard, Swansboro Fire Department, and Swansboro Police Department, and West Carteret Fire Department (WCFD).

Reportedly, the boater found the UXO on Browns Island which is a restricted area due to frequent live-fire training exercises conducted in the area. Civilians are not authorized to be on Browns Island without prior approval.

WWI Munition Complicates Drain Clearing Operation

Evesham, United Kingdom When George Smith decided to clear out a clogged drain in his backyard, he was not expecting the source of the clog to be a WWI UXO. His son suggested calling authorities after Smith had unknowingly dumped the hand grenade in a bucket and bashed it with a crowbar.

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Grenade Found on Beach Relocated to Street

Grève d'Azette, Jersey Police suspect that an unsuspecting civilian picked up a grenade that washed up on the beach and carried it to a city street where it was left on the side of a wall. Others spotting the item called the police and the island's bomb disposal officer was called to provide technical support.

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Lanscapers Find, Handle and Wash UXO Before Calling Police

Weeton, United kingdom A landscaping crew found an ordnance item at the job site and proceeded to handle it, pose pictures with it, and wash it off before finally calling police. Police asked the crew to send pictures of the item as they sent officers to the scene.

After viewing the pictures, police instructed the men to evacuate the area as they called in EOD for support. The landscaper's description of the incident to reporters tells the story:

"We'd gone about two foot down and he's hit it with shovel a couples of times. He [the laborer] thought it was a big rock at first, then we brushed the dirt away around it and discovered it was a bomb."

"We were passing it around and having a look. It's not every day you come across a WWII bomb at work. It didn't hit home until later how dangerous and silly we were being. When I got home, it was a sense of 'bloody hell that was dangerous', but also relief."

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Dead Body and Suspect UXO Leads To Neighborhood Evacuation

Stockton, California Police responding to the home of man that reportedly died of natural causes called the bomb squad after finding "hundreds" of apparent military ordnance items in the house. The bomb squad contacted Travis AFB EOD for technical assistance as the nearby neighbors were evacuated from their homes.

EOD and bomb disposal crews worked over two days to sort and remove the items were found, for the most part, to be inert replicas. However, crews also found 25 small flares and fuses which were classified as "real" (type not reported) that had to be removed as well.

Police said investigators learned that the 70-year-old man appeared to be a collector of military items and did not have a military background.

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