Bomb finds UK and beyond
It has been a busy start to the year for unexploded ordnance companies like SafeLane, as this update shows.
- Port Talbot steel mill evacuated after the discovery of an unexploded WWII shell. (23rd Jan).
- Man in Leeds pulls a 2lb WWII unexploded mortar round out of the West Yorkshire Canal while magnet fishing. (28th Jan).
- Crockenhill Primary School in Sevenoaks evacuated after unexploded bomb found. Nice picture in the article of the incendiary bomb they dug up. (3rd Feb)
- Unexploded Second World War bomb weighing half a tonne removed from Soho. (4th Feb).
- WWII “rocket” found in a garden in Farnworth, Bolton. (10th Feb).
- Another magnet fishing story here. Father and son pulled a live Mills grenade out of a Lincoln river. Device was deemed to unstable to move so it was blown up on site. (16th Feb).
- Family in Wales discover an unexploded incendiary bomb on Penarth Beach and took it home with them. (18th Feb).
- 16 items of Allied ordnance detonated at Southend seafront. (25th Feb).
- Four suspected unexploded WWII bombs force evacuation of 14,000 people in Dortmund. 2 hospitals and the railway station had to be evacuated. (12th Jan).
- 500lb bomb found on the corner of Grunerstr and Juedenstr, Berlin. (27th Jan).
- 7 unexploded WWII bombs found at German Tesla factory site. “Relatively small” ordnance dropped by the US Air Force. (28th Jan).
- Venice shuts down to defuse unexploded WWII bomb, discovered after work on the sewer lines weighing approx. 225 kg, 4000 people were evacuated. (2nd Feb).
- 500lb WWII bomb found in Phyang Village, Papa New Guinea. Discovered January 28th on a riverbank. Likely to have been dropped by US forces during the airborne assault of Nadzap Airport in 1943.
- Kawika Singson finds a pair of 1930s explosives in Hawaii lava flow. Bombs were used in 1935 and 1942 in an attempt to divert lava flows from Hilo. (22nd Feb)
- Unexploded hand grenade found in a house in Bendigo, Australia. Was discovered when clearing a house. Was declared to be safe. (25th Feb).
These aggregated news stories clearly illustrate how prevalent unexploded ordnance is around the world. In the UK, if you're involved in construction or infrastructure works, you need to be aware of the risk and the action you should take to mitigate it. SafeLane can offer free CPD sessions for site workers. Contact us to find out more: 01634 778 352.
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