Old Military UXO Removed from Backyard in NC

Cary, North Carolina Fort Liberty EOD safely removed an old military munition found at a home in Cary. According to the Cary Police Department, EOD recovered the old grenade along with several rounds of ammunition from the backyard.

The homeowner reportedly found the UXO while landscaping. An excavator being used struck the metal object, prompting the homeowner to stop and notify authorities.

Police believe the ordnance belonged to a previous owner of the property, a retired military veteran who is now deceased.


Alert Issued After Suspected Shell Found on Beach

St. Agnes, United Kingdom Coastguard officials were alerted by lifeguards at Trevaunance Cove, a beach near St. Agnes, after a suspected UXO was discovered. EOD was notified and a cordon was established around the device.

A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said, "A safety cordon was put in place and the suspected ordnance was covered by the tide. Safety patrols are continuing today to locate and safely remove the item."


Bomb Squad Responds to Remove Grenade

West Paris, Maine The Oxford County Sheriff's Office requested assistance from the Maine State Police Bomb Squad after responding to a report of a possible UXO in a West Paris home. Once on the scene, they identified the munition as an MK2 "Pineapple" grenade.

Bomb technicians x-rayed the ordnance and found "characteristics consistent with a grenade still containing energetic material," according to state police. The item was safely removed for disposal.

State police said that the person who reported the grenade told them it most likely came from a family member who served during WII or the Korean War.

Resident's Good Intentions Lead to a Stern Explosives Safety Warning

Harwich, Massachusetts A warning has been issued after a Harwich resident brought a bag filled with old munitions to the Harwich Public Safety Complex. According to the Harwich Fire Department who posted a picture of the ordnance on social media, the state police bomb squad was called to the scene.


Army EOD Team Honored at Annual 'EOD Day on the Hill'

Washington, D.C. The winning EOD team from the all-Army EOD Team of the Year competition was invited to Capitol Hill for the "EOD Day on the Hill" event, hosted by the Congressional EOD Caucus. Members of the 760th Ordnance Company (EOD), 192nd EOD Battalion, 52nd EOD Group, were recognized by Congressional representatives during the event.

The all-Army EOD Team of the Year competition was held at Fort Liberty, NC in April. Members from the winning team met with Congressional leaders including Rep. Rick Crawford from Arkansas, who served as an Army EOD tech, and Rep. Brian Mast from Florida, who served as an Army EOD tech in the 28th Ordnance Company in support of Army Rangers and Special Forces troops.

775th EOD holds international knowledge exchange with Poland and the UK

Source: Eglin AFB Website

HILL AIR FORCE BASE  Hill's 775th Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight hosted a 10-day international knowledge exchange here with EOD military members from Poland and the United Kingdom last month. The exchange directly supports strategic and operational objectives of strengthening partnerships in the critical European theater.

Members from the three North Atlantic Treaty Organization partner nations shared best practices learned while encountering EOD challenges in the EUCOM theater including dealing with drones, trench warfare and airfield recovery.

Master Sgt. Matthew Childers, 775th EOD flight chief said the first international exchange event happened at Nellis AFB in December. Hill EOD members were invited to attend and accepted the invitation to host the next knowledge exchange in April.

"Hill was a good fit because we support the Utah Test and Training Range with range clearances," Childers said. "Being a large range base flight, we have the manning and equipment to set up and be successful with something of this magnitude."

Training interoperability during peacetime is very beneficial because EOD is a joint community that performs as one team of partner nations when deployed.

Death of EOD Officer During Training Under Investigation

Vernon Parish, Louisiana The Army issued an announcement that EOD officer, 1LT Zachary Galli, 23, was killed during unspecified training at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Johnson. Galli, originally from Williamsburg, Virginia was assigned to the 749th Ordnance Company, 242nd EOD, 71st EOD Group located at Fort Carson in Colorado.

The cause of "training accident" is under investigation. The installation's Public Affairs Office has not released any details surrounding the death.

Emergency Response Shocks Discoverer of Backyard Grenade

Norfolk, Virginia Bomb squad technicians responded to a Norfolk home after a man discovered a WWII-era MK II grenade while digging up a shrub in his backyard.

Andrew Taunton told reporters, "I was finding little rocks, little river rocks and I ended up picking up one of them and was like, well that shape's not a rock." Turns out he was holding an old hand grenade. According to Taunton, the top of it where the pin should have been, was cut off.


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