Treasure of Explosive Nature Found off Coast of Guam

Tumon Bay, Guam A treasure hunter discovered a armed five inch US naval projectile while searching the waters off Tumon Bay with his metal detector. Navy EOD Senior Chief Petty Officer Brian Fitzgerald confirmed the WWII munition was indeed live, and the beach was shutdown from the Westin Resort to the Reef Hotel as the Guam Police Department, Guam Fire Department, Office of Civil Defense/Guam Homeland Security, and EOD responded to the scene.

The projectile was moved to safe location for disposal. EOD transferred the UXO to Gun Beach where a sand barrier was constructed around the item before detonation. According to Fitzgerald it contained approximately seven pounds of explosives, making it likely to be very dangerous. The projectile is one of 61 UXO recovered on Guam this year.

Navy SEAL Sentenced to Prison for Munitions Theft

Virginia Beach, Virginia A former Navy SEAL who received an "other than honorable" discharge after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of theft of government property was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison on charges he stole smoke grenades, gas masks and ammunition from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort.


US Hosts Bosnian EOD Technicians

Fort Belvoir, Virginia A team of Bosnian Army EOD technicians are visiting U.S. Army EOD Technicians in the States as part of a State Partnership Program. During their visit, the Bosnian EOD troops will observe Exercise Ravens Challenge, a joint and interagency exercise hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice.


Fireworks? Big Deal, I Have a UXO

Arcanum, Ohio The Wright-Patterson EOD team safely removed a WWII-era artillery shell from an Ohio residence. The team responded following reports from a son whose mother mentioned to him that she had the munition as they were discussing Fourth of July fireworks.

Darke County sheriff's deputies and Arcanum Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the home to evacuate the premise and secure the area. EOD was called in once the shell was deemed likely live.


UXO Found Among the Debris of Phoenix Fire

Phoenix, Arizona Luke Air Force Base munitions experts were called to the scene of a massive industrial fire affecting at least six businesses, when officials found military-grade ordnance. The EOD team found dozens of tubes for explosives, but only three were determined to be live.


Man Dies During Fireworks Accident

Detroit, Michigan A 44 year old construction worker spent his last evening alive at a friend's house having a 4th of July cookout. Just before 10:30 pm, party goers started shooting off fireworks in the driveway. The 44-year old man decided to join in and reportedly lit a firework and threw it toward himself vs the air. The firework exploded near the man's chest knocking him to the ground.


Happy July 4th

Happy July 4th Independence Day

On this national holiday, would like to thank all of those who serve or have served in the military to defend our great nation. We would like to send out a very special 'Thank You' to all of the current and former military EOD Technicians for their service.

On this day of celebration, please remember that fireworks are extremely hazardous in the hands of untrained personnel. Every year we post multiple articles on fireworks related accidents around the 4th of July celebrations. Hopefully, 2014 will be different and fireworks related accidents and incidents will decrease.

Baywatch UXO Style

Perran Sands, United Kingdom The St. Agnes Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) was called into action when a beachgoer found a suspected ordnance item, picked it up, and carried it to a lifeguard stand on the beach. The lifeguards quickly secured the area and notified the Falmouth Coastguard.

CRT took pictures of the item and sent them to a Royal Navy EOD team, who responded to the scene to carry out a controlled explosion to dispose of the UXO. Despite the negligent moving of the item by the person who discovered it, no injuries were reported. The exact type of UXO involved was not reported.

Motel or Artillery Cache?

Barstow, California Motel guests were evacuated when the manager of a Motel 6 in Barstow found a military-grade explosive in one of the rooms. The UXO was discovered while the room was being cleaned after guests complained of debris inside the room.

U.S. Army EOD at the Fort Irwin National Training Center were called, and the team determined the device was military-grade artillery ordnance and potentially live. The item was deemed too unstable to transport over a long distance, so it was detonated in the nearby open desert.

The Barstow Police Department cleared the area and controlled traffic while the device was destroyed. No injuries were reported.

Munitions Disposal a Huntsville Center Priority as U.S. Units Depart Afghanistan

Article submitted by Ms. Julia Bobick, U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville

As U.S. units prepare to depart Afghanistan, military leaders must determine whether to send their excess munitions home or if it is safer and/or more cost effective to destroy them in country. The Joint Munitions Disposal - Afghanistan (JMD-A) team from the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, supports those units by disposing of U.S. and NATO Condition Code H unserviceable and "do-not-return" munitions, as well as captured enemy munitions and explosive remnants of war (ERW).

"Some of the munitions have been out at forward locations for more than 10 years; a lot of times they've been in open storage exposed to the elements or have been rucked around on patrol by the troops," said Chase Hamley, JMD-A project manager in Huntsville Center's Ordnance and Explosives Directorate (OE) International Operations (IO) Division. "Things happen along the way that makes them unserviceable. In addition, there are a lot of situations where shipping the munitions back to the U.S. costs more than the items do in new condition."

More than 3,575 tons of ammunition have been destroyed in Afghanistan to date as a result of U.S. military forces moving in and out of the country, according to Bob Britton, JMD-A lead program manager in the IO Division.

It is the military leaders and their staffs who identify what munitions are to be disposed of, said Hamley, adding that the list of excess and do-not-return munitions is consolidated and maintained at the Pentagon level. The JMD-A team coordinates disposal efforts with the military units and manages the munitions disposal contract with Sterling Global Operations Inc., headquartered in Lenoir City, Tenn., which specializes in demining, clearance of explosive remnants of war and management of ammunition physical security and stockpiles.

The contractor receives the ordnance from the military units at a designated ammunition point and logs all munitions received not only in its database but also in the military's tracking system. Once the contractor constructs demolition "shots" out of the items they've received, Hamley said military and contract employees execute the movement to a range and conduct the demolition operation - such as open burning or detonation - according to the type of munitions.


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