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.


WWII Ordnance Abandoned at Former Fire Hall

Wenatchee, Washington State Police were called after someone discovered an a 40-mm shell outside the former Wenatchee fire station across from City Hall. A pair of gardening gloves were laid on top of the shell.

The police setup an exclusion zone around the ordnance and notified the Army for technical support. The police chief told reports that the shell was about 12 inches long dating back to WWII. It was left at the northeast corner of the fire hall property, which has been vacant since 2021.


Military Ordnance Prompts Closure of Storage Facility

Watsonville, California Police were called after staff at a storage facility found a military ordnance inside one of the storage units. The storage facility was shut down while police investigated. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad responded to safely remove the ordnance, reported as a 40-mm round.

EOD Called to Charity Shop for Donation Detonation

Wem, England British Army EOD responded to a quiet market town to carry out a controlled explosion after ordnance was donated to a charity shop. A portion of the Wem, Shropshire town center was cordoned off after the 10-inch shell was discovered by staff in a bag of donations at the Severn Hospice store.


Bomb Squad Responds to Reports of UXO at Home of Known Felon

Tuscola, Michigan The Tuscola County Sheriff's Department and Michigan State Police (MSP) bomb squad responded to the home of a known felon after reports that the man living there was removing multiple firearms from the residence after a housefire.


Box of Grenades is No Joke

Pleasanton, California The Pleasanton Police Department received a shocking delivery from a well-meaning citizen. According to police, that delivery was a box of containing grenades and some small arms that the shipper did not realize were live.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad responded to the scene to take custody of the three live grenades. "This isn't an April Fool's joke," Pleasanton police said in a social media post.

The public was reminded that if they have any potentially dangerous explosives, they should leave them in place and call the police department.

Antique Grenade Sparks Evacuations around Auctioneer Business

York, England The bomb squad was called to an auctioneer in a village near York after an antique hand grenade was handed in, according to police. An area of the Northminster Business Park in Upper Poppleton was cordoned off and nearby businesses were evacuated as EOD responded to remove the device.

In a statement, a spokesperson from the force confirmed that the grenade and "other items" were brought in to Wombell's Auctioneers. The statement said, "As a safety precaution, a cordon has been put in place and local businesses surrounding the premises have been evacuated. Officers are working with the Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team to ensure the safe disposal of the device."

Anti-Aircraft Round Forces Airport Evacuation

Honolulu, Hawaii A .50 caliber anti-aircraft round was located by TSA in a checked bag at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, forcing the evacuation of a portion of the airport. An agency explosive specialist responded and reported the X-ray image of the item to airport law enforcement.

The item was safely removed from the area and all operations returned to normal, according to TSA. There was no information provided about who the munition belonged or whether any charges were filed against them.

EOD Respond to Airport Ordnance

Tamuning, Guam The Guam International Airport was partially evacuated after TSA agents found a suspicious item in a passenger's luggage. According to airport officials, the TSA baggage screening system detected a possible explosive device, forcing an evacuation of the west side of the airport.

U.S. Navy EOD responded where they located an encased an inert training device which was secured and removed from the scene. According to Airport Spokesperson Rolenda Faasuamalie, the passenger was neither law enforcement nor military. She reminded everyone that TSA prohibits any ammunition, replicas or suspected explosive devices to be transported in checked bags or on personal carry-on baggage.

While TSA routinely conducts drills to test officers on bomb detection by sending inspectors from other jurisdictions or by enlisting local passengers, a TSA source says this incident was not a drill, and that the matter is currently under investigation.

Old Ordnance Disrupts School Day in Maui

Kahului, Hawaii UXO forced students at the Lihikai School to have lunch and recess indoors as police responded to a nearby residence in Kahului for reports of an ordnance item in the garage.

According to police, the owner called police to remove the suspected explosive device. Roads in the area and nearby homes and classrooms at Lihikai were evacuated.

The Maui Police Department Special Response Team Bomb Squad responded and safely disarmed and removed the unidentified ordnance without incident. It will be turned over to the Army EOD for disposal.

Students and teachers who were in classrooms closest to the house with the UXO were relocated during the response and recess was held indoors to minimize movement on campus.

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