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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Estate Sale Purchase Leads to UXO Response

Elyria, Ohio A North Ridgeville resident notified police after discovering an anti-tank shell in a box he purchased from an estate sale. The 106 mm recoilless rifle round, stamped with the year 1959, was detonated by the Lorain County Bomb Squad with the assistance of EOD from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Explosion At Ammunition Plant Results in A Death

Independence, Missouri an explosion occurred at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant killing one and injuring four others. The incident occurred at a mixing building.

An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the incident. The GOCO facility is operated by Orbital-ATK and produces more than 1 billion rounds of small-caliber ammunition each year. About 30 government employees work at the plant, including 29 civilians and one soldier, according to the email.

Officials with the ATF have secured the scene and determined the area to be safe, but the plant has been temporary closed until further notice.

German Woman to Foot the Bill for WWII UXO Removal

Munich, Germany A German woman is facing a financial crisis after a 10-ton cache of live Nazi ammunition was found buried in her garden. Authorities in Munich informed Melitta Meinberger that she is legally responsible for paying the 200,000 euros (approximately $217,000 US dollars) to remove the stockpile found beneath her home in Kiefergarten. Workers building an addition onto her home unearthed mines, phosphorus bombs, hundreds of shells and grenades, hundreds of thousands of bullets, and anti-tank projectiles.

The state pays for the removal of all WWII ordnance on public land, but it does not pay for removal on private property. In the two weeks following the discovery of the ammunition, Meinberger and 200 of her neighbors have been forced from their homes between the hours of 8am and 4pm every day while experts work to remove the munitions. The process is expected to take 40 days, after which she will be billed for the efforts.

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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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