Multiple munition finds in the UK


The rate at which unexploded ordnance, abandoned munitions and small arms are being found across the UK is not slowing down as these latest news stories highlight.

WW2 bomb discovered in Mottingham

Police cordoned off a road in Mottingham, London, when a WWII-era bomb was found in a resident’s shed. Access was blocked on St Keverne Road and Framlingham Crescent.

WWII shell found in back garden

Long Eaton road closed when an unexploded shell dating back to WWII was found in a garden.

Reports indicate that a landlord discovered the device while installing a new fence.

Derbyshire police cordoned off Birchwood Avenue, Long Eaton, after the item was found. The Explosive Ordnance Division were in attendance and the shell appropriately disposed of.

Numerous shells and high explosive bombs have been discovered in gardens since the end of WWII.  During bombing raids, back gardens often became neglected, overgrown, or used for cultivation as part of the “Dig For Victory” campaign.  As a result, many items of unexploded ordnance landed amongst the soft ground unobserved.

The items have remained beneath the ground ever since.

Today’s construction projects within existing gardens are often at risk of these hidden threats.

Dog walker finds three bombs on Mappleton beach

Three unexploded WWII bombs were discovered on an East Yorkshire beach by an unsuspecting dogwalker.

The devices were disposed of via controlled detonation by an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit while the Hornsea coastguard evacuated and cordoned off the beach.

The three bombs were 2ft long and weighed around 110lb, and appeared to have been washed up by the sea.

Items like these frequently wash up on UK shorelines every year, especially during stormy weather.

Hundreds of bombs and other items of unexploded ordnance are currently lying on the seabed. These present a huge risk to any projects ongoing in the UK and Europe’s coastlines.

If you need advice about your marine-based project contact SafeLane Global's marine department today.

Another grenade found by magnet fishing in a UK canal

Magnet fishing has yet again resulted in the discovery of a WWII hand grenade in the UK’s canal system, this time in the Grand Union Canal, Leicester.

Police attended the scene and cordoned off the area.

A witness stated that this is not an unusual situation for the area!

More and more items of ordnance are being found in this way within the UK’s waterways.

Any planned projects involving works within canals, rivers, etc. in Britain should be aware of these risks.

WWII incendiary bomb found in a Bristol back garden

Explosive ordnance disposal experts were called to a residential property in Bristol when a WWII incendiary bomb was discovered in the garden.

The resident of the Kingsdown house was gardening when they found the device.

Reports indicate that “it was about six inches long and broken in the middle, as if the other half had exploded. The remaining half was still full of something – it wasn’t just empty casing”.


Following the discovery, the device was safely removed by the EOD team and disposed of.

Thousands of these devices were dropped over the UK during WWII, destroying countless towns and cities with the fires they started.  As the war progressed, these bombs were fitted with delay action fuses, which caused the fires to spread more uncontrollably.

However, as with other types of ordnance, many of these failed to detonate as planned, landing within gardens, ruins and other unmaintained open ground.

Their entry points were tiny and easily obscured in this type of ground, meaning many were left beneath our feet after the war.

As a result, intrusive works can unearth such items unexpectedly, causing physical and commercial risk to the construction companies undertaking the works.

Don't take any risk with unexploded ordnance, contact SafeLane today.


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