Man Has Live Grenade Removed from Leg by EOD

Birmingham, Alabama Army EOD Technicians from Fort Benning rushed to the aid of a 62-year-old man who accidentally fired an entire undetonated 40-mm grenade into his leg. The man and two paramedics were held outside hospital for eight hours following instructions from the EOD that one move could kill them all. Eventually, the team decided to have a disposal specialist attempt to remove the device from the man's leg.

Doctors at the clinic where the man first reported his injury stated that the victim thought the item was a novelty grenade and for some reason decided to "hit it with a hammer". At first they thought his wounds were the result of a piece of shrapnel but realized during transport to a shock trauma facility that it was indeed the actual 40mm grenade. The grenade reportedly failed to detonate because it did not travel far enough to arm itself when it became lodged in his leg.


Train Set Bomb Scare

Dunedin, New Zealand Police responded in full force to a report that a box containing an old train set, and what was appeared a corroded mortar, had been discovered by a charity shop manager. Responders evacuated and cordoned off several buildings while an investigation took place.

The ordnance was later identified as a 1970's-era smoke bomb, and it was removed and detonated by the Burnham-based New Zealand Defense Force bomb disposal unit. The shop's staff was praised for taking the threat of a potentially dangerous munition seriously.


Arrests Made in UXO Hertitage Site Theft Ring

Newport Pagnell, England A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stealing from protected heritage sites after police recovered WWI and WWII munitions from his home. The arrest, which was the third such arrest in a week, came in connection with an ongoing investigation of UXO items being removed from heritage sites such as battlefields in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Early reports indicate that thieves have been removing the artifacts from sites in France and Belgium and returning them to the UK. The danger involved in excavating the munitions and transporting them is not only an issue for the thieves, but for the communities in which they are traveling with the UXO as well.

Often items are removed as collectibles, but there is a black-market for the items. Controlled explosions were carried out at the semi-detached home, which had been sealed off by police during their search.

Live Civil War Cannon Ball Found

Richmond, Virginia Richmond National Battlefield Park volunteers clearing brush along a trail within the former Fort Gilmer uncovered a Civil War era cannon ball. Per the park's live ordnance policy, the park contacted the County of Henrico Police Bomb Disposal Team, which responded. A 500-foot safety perimeter was established and the shell was safely removed by the bomb squad and destroyed at the county's firing range. The bomb squad identified the munition as a Civil War era 12-pound cannon ball.

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The shell was discovered just days before the park's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the battles of New Market Heights and Fort Harrison, which includes action at Fort Gilmer.

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