Ship's Anchor Pierces Old Torpedo

Dorset, United Kingdom sailors aboard Merchant tanker ship, Skaw Provider, were surprised to find an old torpedo caught in the ship's anchor while raising the anchor from outside Portland Port. The flute of the anchor pierced the torpedo exposing the interior components of the ordnance.

The ship's captain notified the Coast Guard who responded with technical support provided by an EOD team from the Royal Navy's Southern Diving Unit based in Portsmouth. Due to safety concerns from the UXO, the ship was evacuated of all non-essential personnel and fuel was pumped from the ship's tanks that were close to the torpedo before EOD began their operations.

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From Doorstop To Wall Disposal - This UXO Gets Around

Devon, United Kingdom Construction workers dismantling a wall at a farmhouse made a startling discovery -- an exploded shell hidden in the wall. The workers notified the farm personnel who called the police. A Royal Navy bomb disposal team responded and transported the item to nearby field for proper disposal.

The manager of the farm told Authorities that "the grandparents of the owners used to use the bomb as a door stop." She added that the wife of the former farmer "wanted it out of the way" and so "he buried it in the wall". The UXO was identified as a WWI era projectile.

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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.

Soloman Islands EOD Respond to Multiple UXO Calls

Munda, Soloman Islands The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara responded to reports of a UXO at Munda Airport in the Western Province. The munition was found close to a runaway by a contractor working on the fence line at the airport. The responding bomb disposal unit was to safely relocate the item for off-site disposal.

While authorities were responding, two more unidentified UXO items were reported at Kindu, Munda. The bomb disposal unit responded and conducted an in-place disposal as the items were deemed unsafe to move.

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EOD Responds to Possible Munition Finds In Outer Banks

Outer Banks, North Carolina Two possible mines were discovered in separate areas along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, one on Whale Head Beach in Corolla and a second near Cape Hatteras National Seashore, according to a news release from the National Park Service. An EOD unit from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point was called in to investigate both finds.

There is no word on the identification of the Hatteras find (shown below), but EOD did identify the Whale Head Beach item as an inert training mine.

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5 Workers At Spring Valley CWM Site Fall Ill

Article Update on August 2017 incident.

Washington, D.C. Last month, five workers at 4825 Glenbrook Road (part of the Spring Valley project where the prior American University Experiment Station was located) were potentially exposed to an unknown chemical. The site crews are remediating WWI-era CWM at the site. Five of the seven workers exhibited symptoms of eye irritation and minor stomach issues. The workers were decontaminated onsite and reportedly all symptoms had subsided within an hour of the potential exposure. However, as a precaution, the workers were sent to George Washington University Hospital for medical monitoring and observation. All of the workers were released for work later that evening and all reported to work the next day.

The worksite where the possible exposure occurred was not shut down but has entered into a non-intrusive work pattern while a formal board of USACE, EPA and District of Environment and Energy (DOEE) officials investigates the incident. The board is expected to release a report at the end of October at which time a return to work phase will be announced.

The USACE Baltimore District provides weekly updates on the ongoing project at http://www.nab.usace.army.mil/Home/Spring-Valley/.

Help Wanted Deputy Sheriff - Bomb Technician

LOCATION: - Nye County, Nevada

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Respond to calls for service, which include chemical, biological, radiological and explosive incidents.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Must first attend the Sheriff Academy and graduate as a Law Enforcement Deputy or hold a law enforcement certificate which has reciprocity in the State of Nevada. Former law enforcement personnel must not have received any discipline or committed a crime which would preclude him/her from being a law enforcement officer in the State of Nevada.

Must meet Nevada POST requirements and physical mental standards and is preferred to currently be certified Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician. All non EOD qualified personnel upon graduation from the Academy will be scheduled to attend the FBI Hazardous Devices School.

Must be able to perform mission essential tasks in either an 80 lb. bomb suit or chemical protective suits while wearing Self Contained Breathing Apparatus.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Individual will be assigned as a Category 1 Deputy with law enforcement duties and will perform Bomb Technician duties for the Nye County SWAT team on a full-time basis and will be subject to an on call status 24/7 as needed to respond to incidents involving explosives and other hazardous materials.

TO APPLY:

Submit a letter of interest and resume for initial screening to Mr. Frank Czajkowski via email frank.czajkowski@gmail.com Qualified persons will be submitted through the chain of command to the Human Resources Office.

UXO Disposal Operation Sparks Wildfire

Oyen, Canada A UXO disposal operation conducted on Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Suffield is suspected of causing a wildfire which destroyed a farm including siz structures and farm vehicles and equipment. The Base Commander told reporters that a disposal operation aboard the base sparked a wildfire which took a number of assets from both the base and off-base to control.

At the same time firefighters were fighting the on-base fire, a grass fire started north of the base with caused an evacuation of a school and 40 area residents. Twenty fire engines, 10 water trucks and other assets from several jurisdictions were deployed to battle the blaze. The fire destroyed farm owned by an 89-year old farmer whose family has been farming the area for at least two generations.

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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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