In Honor of Grid Gypsies

Article by Guest Author: Jack Imber
Author of the book DEMINER available from Amazon

A large squadron of dragonflies approaches a group of UXO field techs working in a marshy area at a southern military base. One man looks up and seeing them yells "Incoming!" Like tiny attack helicopters the dragonflies begin to wipe out the clouds of biting gnats that everyone calls "wings with teeth".

"Die suckahs!" shouts another man as the one sided battle continues. We all smile, receiving a reprieve from the tiny gnats that no longer are getting into our eyes, ears and up our noses. Perching on our hats and shoulders our winged friends devour their 'gnatty grits' for breakfast.

Metal detectors continue their high pitched squeal as the team moves slowly through a patch of crushed speaker magnets. Bits and pieces of a target vehicle are also found strewn around the area. "More seat springs" a woman says as she places a jangled mass of large gage wire into her bucket.

"Another mortar!" yells someone on the left of the sweep line. "It's a sixty H-E with a P-D fuse".

"Mark it!" shouts the team leader as he prepares to document one of hundreds of mortars and other UXO's found in this five acre area.

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Welcome UXO Guest Author Jack Imber

UXOInfo.com is proud to welcome a new guest author, Jack Imber. Jack has many years of experience in the UXO world and has brought his experience to print through his book "Deminer." We look forward to Jack's creative insight into the industry as he shares articles with our readers. The following is book jacket summary from "Deminer:"

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Beachgoers Cheer WWII Bomb Blast

St. Pete's Beach, Florida Beachgoers at a popular Florida beach in the Tampa area cheered from a distance as MacDill Air Force Base EOD detonated a barnacle-encrusted WWII M122 photoflash bomb.

The old munition (shown below) was described by several beachgoers as resembling a log, was cause for concern for one man who noticed the item in the surf and notified authorities.

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Kids Carry Munition Home for Foolish Photo Op

Portland, Oregon A group of kids stumbled upon an old munition item in Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Police were called after the children carried the potentially dangerous item home. One of the boys reportedly thought the bomb would make a 'cool' Instagram photo.

The Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit and the Oregon Air National Guard EOD secured the area and safely removed the item for proper disposal.

Antique Dealer Finds Live Cannonball

Cumming, Georgia An antique dealer helping a collector consign a lifelong collection of antiques found more than she bargained for when she found an old cannonball in the collection. Going through the collection at her home, she showed the find to her husband, an Atlanta police officer.

After researching cannonballs on the internet, the husband warned her that it could potentially be live. The couple then drove to the nearest police department, smartly leaving the cannonball behind at the house, to report the find. The local police department instructed her to call 911 so that a record of the call could be generated.

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Resident Finds UXO Along Cape Cod Beach

East Falmouth, Massachusetts A local resident called police to report finding "old ammunition shell" on the beach. Falmouth Police responded, and later contacted the Mass State Police Hazardous Devices Unit. The Bomb Technicians moved the device to an open area off Blacksmith Shop Road where they safely disposed on the ordnance through open detonation.

Have a Happy, Safe 4th

UXOInfo.com would like to wish all our readers a Happy and Safe Fourth of July holiday. As we celebrate the independence of our nation, we also honor the men and women who are serving in the U.S. military to protect our freedoms. We especially like to thank the EOD Technicians for taking on dangerous missions in support of our country.

We also remind everyone that while celebrating with fireworks is a time-honored tradition, pyrotechnics are very dangerous and should be treated as such.

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Navy EOD Plans for Civil War Era Ordnance Recovery Effort

Savannah, Georgia A Navy EOD dive team is scheduled to conduct an underwater UXO clearance around the sunken CSS Georgia in support of a salvage operation to recover the Civil War Era vessel for historical purposes. Original estimates of six UXO in the area were increased to over 70 following a USACE survey of the area. The increased in the number of expected targets caused a three week delay in the project.

Navy EOD plans to recover as many ordnance as they can intact as the Naval History and Heritage Command expressed a desire to conserve as many of ordnance as possible due to their intrinsic historical value. Plans for the operation call for the 20-man crew from EOD Mobile Unit 6 Detachment Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay to place the ordnance in holding fixtures until Marine EOD technicians can inert the items (Marines are the only service authorized to inert munitions).

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