EOD to Dispose of UXO on Plum Tree Island

Newport News, Virginia The 633rd Civil Engineering Squadron EOD from the Joint Base Langley-Eustis will dispose of three UXO on Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel discovered the items in January.

One has been identified as a rocket warhead and the other two are marine markers. Plum Tree Island was utilized as a bombing range from 1917 to the late 1950s.

Residents in the adjacent areas have been notified that explosions may be heard during disposal operations.

Large Scale Evacuation Conducted For UXO Operation

Thessaloniki, Greece Authorities executed a large scale evacuation of people (nearly 70,000) in support of a bomb disposal operational. A public campaign launched days in advance included flyers, posters, and public announcements warning residents about the need to evacuate for safety.

The evacuation was necessary so bomb disposal technicians could render safe a U.S. WWII era 250-pound bomb. The bomb was recently found buried beneath a gas station during a construction project to expand the tank farm.

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Help Wanted - Ordnance Technicians (multiple positions)

Ordnance Technicians (supporting / maintaining new ordnance stocks. Multiple full-time positions available for Ordnance Technicians Level I and II.

Candidates must have demonstrated expertise in the execution of multiple ordnance/energetics processes following Navy guidance and established SOPs.

Qualifications:

  • Ordnance Technicians II  3 years experience performing explosive operations (or BA/BS degree). Capable of leading a crew performing explosive processes.
  • Ordnance Technicians I  1-year experience performing explosive operations.

Full time positions in Maryland and VA. Candidates must be capable of meeting all applicable physical and technical competency requirements.

Security  must be eligible to obtain Secret clearance (candidates with existing clearance a plus).

Interested candidates should send resume and qualifications to Jenna jenna@uxoinfo.com.

For more information, contact:

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Live Hand Grenade Found on Residential Property

Clemson, South Carolina A homeowner called police after finding a hand grenade near a tree on his property. The police called EOD who responded and removed the grenade for proper disposal. It's unclear how the grenade, which appeared to be intact, ended up on the property.

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Congressional EOD Caucus Expands

Washington, D.C Formed in 2011 by Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AK) and Susan Davis (D-CA), the Congressional EOD Caucus has been reaffirmed for the 115th Congress with the addition of co-chairs Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) and Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN).

Mast is a former Army EOD technician who served in Afghanistan while Waltz is a retired command Sg. Major with the Army National Guard.

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500 British Bomb Located During Survey

Suffolk, United Kingdom A geophysical survey crew located a 500 pound bomb and a mortar round at a project site in Thetford Forest (the largest pine forest in the U.K.).

The area is known to contain UXO therefore, the Forestry Commission who owns the site had the survey completed in support of an upcoming construction project. The bomb was detected with GPR and the Suffolk police kept guard on the items overnight until the bomb disposal team was able to blow the items in place the following day.

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Boy Finds Grenade, Practices 3Rs

West Hartford, Connecticut The West Hartford Police Department responded to a home in West Hartford when a 12-year-old boy came home from school to find a dark green, pineapple hand grenade in his front yard. He wisely left it in place and went to tell his mother, who was shocked to find the munition in the mulch by her front porch. The local bomb squad plans to dispose of the ordnance which did not appear to be live.

WWII Era Bomb Found During Construction

Chalan Kiya, Saipan Construction workers working on a sewer line project contacted the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services after finding an unexploded bomb buried 10 feet below the ground surface. Navy EOD personnel based in Guam responded and identified the UXO as a WWII era 500-pound bomb (specific type not reported). EOD safely re-located the bomb for off-site disposal.

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School Evacuated for UXO Disposal

Barrigadam, Guam Students at P.C. Lujan Elementary School in Guam may never get a "snow day," but they did have an unexpected "ordnance" day as school was evacuated and closed early for authorities to clear a WWII UXO discovered during construction on Guam Army National Guard property adjacent to the school.

The school was inside of the blast radius, so it, along with portions of the National Guard base, were evacuated. The Guam Fire Department and Guam Police Department responded to a 911 call when the munition was uncovered during work on a sewer system. Naval Base Guam EOD was called to dispose of the unidentified ordnance.

Traveling UXO Shuts Down London Landmarks

London, England The Royal Navy and Metropolitan Police shut down Waterloo Bridge, Westminster Bridge and Victoria Embankment in central London while a WWII German SD bomb was towed along the river to Tilbury, Essex, where it was safely detonated. Police responded to the river for the reported ordnance find, dropped duirng WWII.

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