March's UXO finds: a closer look


We take a closer look at UXO finds worldwide, from the the Cornish coast to riverbanks in India. UXO is a global problem.

March’s UXO finds: a closer look

Cornish village cautiously cordoned off beach

On Monday 22nd March, police officers and Western Power were called to Canton Street in Gorran Haven after a suspected seamine was found. 

Images were sent to the Royal Navy and the area was cordoned off…

However, it was determined the suspected device was actually a fishing float that had broken away and was not an explosive device after all!

With the spate of storm weather we’ve had lately, we’d like to commend those involved for taking caution - we’re glad this was an easy resolution for all.

Landmine defused on the banks of Nullah Dek, tehsil Pasrur

Meanwhile, on the 15th March in India, an anti-tank mine was uncovered and required the immediate attention of the bomb disposal squad. 

The anti-tank mine weighed 8kg and was discovered on the banks of the Nullah Dek River.  Members of the local community found the device and promptly contacted the police.  The bomb disposal squad defused the device and took it away for further analysis.

Workers uncover hundreds of WWII-era bombs in Okinawa

Over the last few weeks, nearly 600 WWII bombs were uncovered following construction on Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.

These bombs were uncovered during preparations to relocate site warehouses. 

The first 296 bombs were uncovered on February 10th and another 280 bombs were uncovered on March 8th.  These devices have been subsequently removed by US military explosive ordnance personnel.

This discovery resulted in road closures nearby that ranged from 35 minutes to 5 hours in duration.  As a local funeral home was nearby, this discovery had a significant disruptive impact on the local community.

By assessing a site’s history prior to any form of intrusive construction or infrastructure works commencing, our clients understand their UXO risk early in the project planning stage.  This can ensure the correct actions are taken to mitigate any risk, saving time and money – and critically, keeping site personnel safe.

Pre-planning can also help reduce the impact a discovery will have on the local community.

The discovery of unexploded ordnance continues to pose a sombre reminder of the long-term effects of conflict, and how it can still impact communities and the environment today.

Understand how conflict history could affect your project, with a bespoke, in depth desktop study created by our in-house research team. 

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