UXO Blamed For the Deaths of Two Scrap Metal Worker

Granite City, IL An explosion occurred at the Total Metal Recycling (TMR) plant resulting in the death of two workers and the injury of another. The victims were 46 and 24 years old respectively. The explosion was reported to be from a live munition item that accidentally ended up getting mixed in with the scrap metal being recycled.

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Dangerous Game of Fetch Thwarted by EOD

Mp>Essex, United Kingdom It's not unusual to see a man playing fetch with his dog on the beach, but an off-duty EOD expert was alarmed to see just what one British man was playing fetch with on an Essex beach.

The man found an old object on the beach and began throwing it to his dog. Lucky for him and his dog, the explosives expert who happened to be close by recognized the object as a live WWII grenade. The technician quickly halted the game and set up a 30-yard boundary around the grenade. He then notified police and the coastguards.

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Got Fringe? SCA Health & Welfare Benefit Rate Increases

Washington, DC Good news for UXO Technicians supporting Service Contract Act (SCA)contracts - The The U.S. Department of Labor has released its annual memorandum noting a rate increase for SCA Health and Welfare Fringe Benefits.

The new rate is $4.02 per hour (up from $3.81 per hour last year), and a special rate of $1.66 per hour has been set for Hawaii (up from last year's $1.55 per hour).

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Civil-War Era munition Washes Ashore

Watervliet, New York A Civil-War era munition washed ashore on the bank of the Hudson River. The New York State Police Bomb Squad responded and safely transported the munition to a quarry 40-miles south of Glens Falls where it was safely disposed of through an open detonation procedures. The exact type of Civil-War era munition was not reported.

Call to Inspect Suspicious Item Leads to Explosive Discovery

Whitsand Beach, United Kingdom The Royal Navy's Plymouth bomb disposal team executed a controlled explosion on a two-inch WWII mortar on a popular beach which they ironically discovered while responding to a call for another item which turned out to be non-explosive.

Plymouth-based EOD, Southern Diving Unit 1, found the British mortar, deemed it hazardous, and blew it up on-site. This unit has been called in to deal with a number of historic items of ordnance South West, an area heavily proliferated with munitions as part of preparations for potential invasion and the mounting of Operation Overlord to retake Europe via Normandy WWII.

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