Big "Bomb" on Campus

Edison, New Jersey Construction crews preparing the foundation for a new building at Middlesex County College in Edison unearthed a 500-pound WWII bomb. The find was not surprising given the fact the campus is situated on the grounds of the old Raritan Arsenal.

Workers had been trained in the "Three R's": Retreat, Report, and await the Response, and they followed the procedure once the munition was encountered. The 87th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD responded and removed the device to a remote section of Fort Dix Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. They used C-4 explosive to safely detonate the ordnance.

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Canadian Military Removes WWII Munition from Home

St. George, Canada Authorities evacuated nearby residents after a WWII-era munition was found during renovations of a St. George home. Police responded to the scene and consulted with Canadian military personnel who determined that the item presented no risk and safely removed it from the home.

UXO Contractors - Don't Let 3 Years of Work Pass You By

Huntsville, Alabama In an announcement posted on April 15, the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center Huntsville announced their intent to extend the existing Small Business Worldwide Environmental Remediation Services (WERS) contracts by three years. This represents a 60% increase in the total contract period of performance, thus providing an eight year contract for the existing seven small business contract holders.

By policy / design the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) limits the bulk of the UXO work to 'Munitions Design Centers' - considering that each Design Center has major large scale multi-year contracts (e.g., WERS, MAMMS, MEGA) there are only a few USACE contract opportunities that open up over the years as is. Extending one of those major contracts by 60% to only the current seven contractors / teams by three years not only impacts other small business trying to grow, and essentially provides an un-fair competitive advantage for future opportunities to those companies fortunate enough to obtain eight straight years of experience with Huntsville.

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EOD Destroys 75,000 Pounds of Explosives

Article from www.Army.mil

Fort Bliss, Texas Soldiers, from two U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal, or EOD, companies, eliminated more than 75,000 pounds of explosives during operations in New Mexico over the past month.

The 734th EOD Company demolished 15,000 pounds of explosives at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, and the 741st EOD Company destroyed 60,000 pounds of ordnance at New Mexico Tech's Energetic Materials Research Testing Center in Socorro, New Mexico.

Article continued at www.army.mil.

Contractors Discover Tank Rounds in Ohio Home

Dayton, Ohio Bomb squads from the Dayton Police Department and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base were called to remove ordnance items found by a contractor installing insulation in a Dayton home.

The two 75 mm tank rounds, believed to be from the 1950s, were deemed potentially dangerous and safely removed and detonated. There is no word about how the UXO ended up in the home or how long it had been there.

More Than Just Memories, Footlocker Fuels Family Fear

Garden City, Kansas An old military footlocker can be a treasure trove of history and sentiment, but a Garden City family found a bit more than that while going through one in their home. To the shock of family, the locker held two old grenades. Kansas Highway bomb technicians and EOD from McConnell Air Force Base responded to the scene and nearby residents were evacuated.

EOD inspected the locker and ordered it be moved to the Finney County Road Department sand pits where a counter charge was placed, and the items in the footlocker were destroyed. It is unclear how long the grenades had been in the footlocker, but the family made a wise decision to notify authorities.

Ground Maintenance Workers Injured In UXO Encounter

Oahu, Hawaii Two ground maintenance contractors were evacuated to Queen's Medical Center after being involved in a UXO incident. The workers reportedly encountered UXO at Makua Military Reservation as they were operating weed-whackers. The encounter caused an explosion that caused serious injury to one worker with the blast impacting a nearby worker to a lesser degree.

An Army contracted medevac helicopter airlifted the civilians to the hospital. The exact type of munition involved in the accident was not reported and it is unknown if UXO escorts were provided to the workers. The incident is under investigation by the Army.

Huntsville Center CWM Legend Retires After 24 Years

Article Submitted By: USACE Huntsville Center representative.

Huntsville, Alabama After more than 24 years of civil service, Charles (Chuck) Twing, chief, Chemical Warfare Design Center, retires March 31. His accomplishments were recognized during a March 20 retirement ceremony attended by current and past Huntsville Center employees as well as representatives from Redstone Arsenal and other Army agencies outside the USACE and Huntsville Center realm.

"These people didn't have to come to the Center on a rainy day like today, but they showed up and that is a testament to you Chuck", said Col. Robert Ruch, Huntsville Center commander. "That speaks strongly to the support you've given."

Prior to his hiring in 1990 as the second UXO safety specialist brought on board at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville Division, Twing served 20 years in the active-duty Army as an EOD officer.

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