WW2 ordnance found across Europe


Unexploded ordnance has been found in Bolzano, Hamburg, and the Isle of Wight causing disruption to civilian life.

WWII bomb discovered in Italy 

An unexploded WWII bomb was discovered by construction workers in the South Tyrolean capital Bolzano city.  

4,000 people were evacuated from their homes in the immediate surrounding area and another 60,000 living further away were advised to stay inside their homes.

The operation to neutralize the explosive forced authorities to close a section of the A22 (also known as the Brenner highway) one of Europe’s busiest roads.  

Following its discovery, the unexploded bomb was moved to a remote location so that it could be destroyed by controlled explosion.

Most of the undiscovered explosives in Italy are believed to be buried near to the border with Austria, however they are often discovered across all parts of the country.

Unexploded ordnance is still a problem throughout Europe, particularly in the UK and Germany.

The widespread effect of unexploded ordnance throughout Europe can cause significant issues for construction projects and operations involving intrusive ground works.

WWII bomb detention Bolanzo, Italy

Hamburg Airport closed after a WWII bomb is found

Hamburg Airport was shut down and all flights have to be cancelled when a 1000lb WWII bomb was discovered close by.

The bomb was found upside-down, the tip facing upwards. Therefore, it was unclear what kind of detonation device it was attached to.

The bomb was ultimately defused safely later that night and the airport was able to reopen promptly.

Image of Hamburg airport

Isle of Wight beach closed following grenade discovery

A beach in Sandown on the Isle of Wight has been partially cordoned off following the discovery of an unexploded WWII grenade.

A fossil finder discovered the grenade on the beach near to Culver Cliff and alerted the police. They were assisted by Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team to evacuate the public in the area.

Royal Navy Bomb Disposal experts from the mainland then carried out a controlled explosion on the grenade.

Grenade detention Sandam Beach, Isle of White

Explosive threats remain buried on land and in water across the UK. Never underestimate the threat. Could your project be at risk? Contact SafeLane Global today and mitigate the UXO risk.  SafeLane underwrites the risk and comprehensively manages it.


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