Bombs on beaches and football pitches


November was a busy month in the world of unexploded ordnance (UXO) discoveries. The latest BombRisk update from SafeLane’s dedicated research team covers UXO found in the UK and Italy.

Man takes suspicious item home from beach

On the 13th of November, a man took a strange looking item home from his trip to Portsmouth beach!

After some research, the man realised this unusual find looked like it could be an unexploded bomb.  Not wanting to tempt fate further than he already had, the police were called to assess the situation.

The police called in explosive ordnance experts who took the item away and carried out a controlled detonation of the device.

During WWII, Portsmouth was a crucial target for Luftwaffe bombers because it was an essential British naval base; during 1941 it was raided approximately every four weeks.

The moral of the story?  Perhaps next time a stick of rock will make a safer souvenir!

WWII bomb goes missing in Kent

On the 22nd of November police were on the hunt to find an item of UXO that had gone missing in Kent.

The item was caught by a fisherman.  The fisherman placed the item on a bridge for it to be collected and dealt with by the correct authorities.  However, before the police could get to the scene, the item was removed by an unknown party.

As explosive ordnance experts have not yet assessed the device, the police have confirmed that they are unable to confirm whether the device poses a risk.  However, from reviewing a video of the item, they believe it could be a war time shell.

The device was cylindrical and about 1 meter long – and anyone who knows of its whereabouts is strongly advised to call the police immediately.

With suspicious, unidentified items, never take a risk.  

Ashford ‘Shard’ site evacuated a result of a bomb

Ashford is currently developing its own ‘Shard’ style site.  Although the 16-story site has yet to be given official planning permission, contractors have been completing groundworks on the site. 

The police cordoned off the area after reports of a device being discovered were received at 1:40pm on November 26th.  Sections of a nearby road were closed off to avoid too many vibrations disturbing the device.

The bomb was confirmed to be a WWII device – but fortunately it wasn’t live.  However, it is always essential to proceed with caution. Although this device didn’t pose a threat to safety, the discovery caused disruptions for the general public and delays for the project.

To avoid these types of issue, anyone conducting intrusive groundworks should ensure they have a risk assessment done before proceeding.  The assessment can tell them whether they need a site to be cleared, a watching brief to be on hand during works, or whether it’s safe to proceed. 

Football field bombs in Italy

On November 28th, the Italian army’s bomb squad was called to Roma football club’s Trigoria headquarters after 20 WWII bombs were discovered. 

A technician was conducting groundworks prior to the development of a new pitch when he discovered the ordnance.  He noticed pieces of iron protruding from the ground; concerned, he wondered if it was possible they could be bombs.  Opting to not take the risk, he called in the experts.

All activity at the training ground was given a red card until the ordnance had been safely dealt with.

Mitigate the threat 

UXO can be uncovered wherever conflict has touched communities.  Please remember, these devices were designed to kill, maim, and damage property.  Don’t take a risk with ordnance - contact SafeLane Global for your exposive threat mitigation needs!

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