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Storms cause spike in UXO discoveries

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The latter half of January has seen some tempestuous weather, with high winds and torrential rain. These kinds of conditions often result in a spike in UXO discoveries, as storms cause items of ordnance to wash up on beaches.

Storms cause spike in UXO discoveries 

The latter half of January has seen some tempestuous weather, with high winds and torrential rain.  These kinds of conditions often result in a spike in UXO discoveries, as storms cause items of ordnance to wash up on beaches.

Landmines wash up on South Devon beach

Experts are holding Storm Christoph responsible for the landmines that washed up on Slapton Sands on the 20th January.  Initially, just one device was discovered but after cordoning off the area two more landmines were found nearby.

The Royal Navy arrived on scene and safely detonated all three devices.  They have warned civilians to be particularly vigilant in coming days as more items could be washed up. 

The BombRisk team urges extra caution whenever there have been stormy seas.

Hazardous chemicals detonated in Falmouth

 Picric acid, an organic explosive compound, was discovered near Falmouth hospital on Friday.

When hazardous substances are discovered, a Joint Hazard Incident Response Team is called in.  This will include both hazmat and bomb technicians.  

The team transported the substance to a safe area nearby and detonated it.  This acid can become particularly unstable as it gets old, so the team did an excellent job in ensuring the safety of themselves and the community.

Better to be safe than sorry with UXO

A section of Aubins Bay in Jersey was closed and cordoned off as a result of the discovery of a suspicious item.

Bomb Officer Stuart Elliot was able to rapidly determine that the suspected device was in fact a very old iron marker buoy.  The item looked to be over 20 years old and was covered in barnacles.  It has been removed to ensure that it isn’t mistaken for something more sinister again.

Cases such as this are classed as a false alarm with good intent.  It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to dealing with UXO.

Meanwhile, in the international arena America has had reports of UXO discoveries within a school... 

Pipe bomb found at American school

On January 16th a pipe bomb was discovered at Englewood Alternative High School. 

The Arapahoe County Bomb Squad was called, and they confirmed the device was active and took possession of it.

They also conducted a thorough search and clearance operation of the school.  It has been confirmed that the explosive ordnance disposal experts have rendered the device safe.

There is no further information as to how the device came to be on the school football field.  An investigation into the incident is ongoing and anyone with information has been asked to come forward.

We’re pleased to see that this potentially catastrophic event was handled safely and resolved by experts.

UXO Safety Awareness Training 

Unexploded ordnance continues to impact communities globally, posing a risk to life and restricting freedom of movement and future developments. 

If UXO could post a risk to your team, help protect their safety by ensuring they understand the risk. Contact SafeLane Global to take part in accredited UXO safety awareness training.  This training can be delivered remotely. 

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