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Are you for reel? Magnet fishing club calls bomb squad twice in one day!

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This week in the world of unexpected unexploded ordnance (UXO) finds, a number of hobbyists have discovered that passive pastimes can have explosive consequences.

Are you for reel?  Magnet fishing club calls bomb squad twice in one day!

This week in the world of unexpected unexploded ordnance (UXO) finds, a number of hobbyists have discovered that passive pastimes can have explosive consequences.

Magnet fishers in Glasgow reel in a fright…

The first find:

At 1:40pm on Monday 9th November, police and bomb disposal experts rushed to Dalmarnock Bridge in Glasgow to assess an unusual catch…

They had been called to the scene after a group from Glasgow's Magnet Fishing Club had reeled in several suspicious items. 

The group were shell shocked when they pulled a large munition out of the water.  This was followed by a hand grenade and an unexploded bomb!

The find resulted in a section of the Dalmarnock Road being closed off, and local homes being evacuated while the ordnance was identified and safely removed.

The second find:

When this first threat had been mitigated, the club returned to their fishing … only to reel in another grenade.  

The explosive ordnance disposal team was then called back!

The history: why was ordnance found in Glasgow?

The unexploded ordnance was discovered near Dalmarnock Power Station.  The power station, now disused, came under heavy fire in WWII.

The attacks missed their mark, protecting the city's power supply, but killing civilians.

During the bombing, ordnance may have landed in the river.  In addition, before vigilant health and safety procedures were in place, the community may have disposed of explosive items perhaps found during the war by discarding them into the river.

In 2018 SafeLane Global was called to Dalmarnock after[RD1]  an unexploded bomb was found on a construction site – the company then spent months intrusively surveying the entire site to ensure it was safe for proposed piling and construction.

Therefore, clearly explosive ordnance remains a concern in Glasgow – and as many magnet fisherfolk will attest, it remains a problem in British waterways too. 

If you’re planning construction works or water works, mitigate this threat early in your project plan to save yourself time and money.  

Call SafeLane Global to discuss your project and to get expert advice.

Ground-breaking discovery – bomb found in garden!

The existence of buried unexploded ordnance (UXO) is a threat the majority of the public is blissfully unaware of…

Until of course, they unearth it in their garden!

This is what happened to Lee Anderson on Tuesday 3rd November.   Lee was in the process of levelling ground when he hit a large object with his shovel.  At first, he was unsure what was in his way so began to dig out the item.

When Lee got a good look at the shape of the item he was unearthing, he realised it looked like a very large bullet. 

Wind turbine technician Lee had enough awareness of UXO to understand it was time to put the shovel down, back away slowly, and call the police quickly!

The Royal Navy’s bomb disposal team was dispatched to assist with the situation.  They confirmed that the ordnance was a live anti-aircraft shell. 

They prepared it for transportation and took it away for safe disposal.

This experience confirms that ordnance can be buried anywhere.  And whilst Lee and the Glasgow Magnet Fishing Club members we wrote about earlier were safe, this serves as a reminder that anyone involved in intrusive works such as construction workers are at risk of encountering UXO.

Ordnance can pose a very real threat - to life and limb - and to project timelines, budgets and bottom-lines.

Don’t take any risk – contact SafeLane Global early in your project planning to ensure all measures are taken to project your personnel and your project from explosive threats – whether you’re working on land or in the marine environment.

Image credit: Michael Schofield - The Sun Glasgow

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