Happy Memorial Day from UXOInfo

On this special, most deserved holiday, we remember all who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. We especially remember and honor those in the EOD community who have lost their lives to make the world a safer place.

Thank you to all who have served and those who continue to serve our great country. Happy Memorial Day 2016.

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Man Finds Live Shell Near Community Garden

McClellan, Georgia Fort Benning EOD responded to the call of a live artillery shell lying in a creek. A man encountered the munition while wading in the creek near a community garden.

Police cordoned off the area while the two-man EOD team removed the WWII-era 75mm shrapnel round from the area. The round was safely transported to Pelham Range for disposal.

Live Shell


Anti-tank Round Discovered Behind Body Shop

Omaha, Nebraska The Omaha State Police Bomb Squad was called to the Keystone Trail after a citizen discovered a suspect military ordnance behind a collision repair shop.

The local bomb squad responded and safely disposed of the item (shown below). It is unknown how the munitions ended up behind the shop.

Fish Net Find

Traffic Snarls Expected During UXO Evacuation

Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan Massive traffic backups are expected on Okinawa's main highway system due to road closures necessary for the scheduled removal of an unexploded WWII 5-inch shell. The munition, fired from an American warship during the Battle of Okinawa in early 1945, was unearthed at a construction site near the highway.

Disposal will be carried out by an EOD team from the 101st UXO Squad of the 15th Brigade Okinawa of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force. Since Okinawa was reverted to Japanese control in 1972, the squad has responded to 35,699 ordnance-related cases and disposed of approximately 1,742 tons of WWII-era munitions.

Approximately 206 households and 39 businesses will be evacuated during the disposal operation.

Sea Urchins Mistaken For UXO

Mosman, Austrailia The Australian Navy was called in to investigate a report from a snorkeler who confused a pair of sea urchins for unexploded anti-shipping mines. He was snorkelling at Mosman near Sydney when he encountered the creatures which he believed to be WWII sea mines.

The police, who had doubts, showed the man pictures of both mines and urchins, but the man insisted they were indeed UXO.

A maritime exclusion zone had to be established around the area until Naval experts determined that they were actually two large sea urchins among the rocks on the seabed.

Perhaps the snorkeler mistook the urchins' tentacles for the "chemical horns" of a sea mine. These horns are the firing devices which project from the spherical casing of a sea mine. These horns are made of a soft lead which covers a electrolyte-filled glass vile. When a ship bumped against one of these horns, the glass vile would break open, allowing the electrolyte to flow between two contacts, closing the firing circuit and detonating the mine.


'Captain Calamity' Brings Back UXO From Fishing Trip

Campbeltown, Scotland Trawler skipper and third generation fisherman, Ciaran McIntyre, pulled up a munition in his nets while fishing offshore. Instead of calling authorities to report the find, the captain decided to bring the item back to port in Argyll. While on-route and at port, he even took photos of the find and posted them on social media with the caption - "Anybody got any info on origin and age?" A reply read "Don't go chipping the barnacles off to find out."

Fish Net Find

When the harbor master at the port caught wind of the find, he declared a full-scale emergency and shut down the port. Military EOD from Faslane Naval Base responded to the live shell and safely relocated it for disposal.

WWII Era Grenades Found At Car Factory

Sutherland, United Kingdom A British RAF EOD squad was called to respond to the Nissan factory after workers uncovered several munitions during excavation work associated with an expansion of the paint shop. The munitions, identified as WW II era white phosphorus (WP) grenades were safely disposed of in-site after a sandbag structure was constructed for blast mitigation purposes. Although one worker who initially discovered the munitions reportedly went to hospital, he was released with no reported injuries.

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