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First trip to Guam

I should have posted this one first. Before we conducted work at the site, we had some ex-Navy UXO guys screen the site for possible WWII UXO. They found two US "pineapple" hand grenades and a complete, unexploded US Navy 5" projectile (destroyer, cruiser or battleship). These were subsquently safely removed by Navy ordinance and blowup on-island before we started work.

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Location Guam, USA

ID3754
Memberhemipristis
Date Added7/11/2010

US "pineapple" hand grenade
5" naval projectile
5" naval projectile, different angle
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Comments
- 7/13/2010
Reviewer : Daryl from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 10
Geez, can't imagine having to "work" in an area were there might be left over unexploded ordinance lying around, or just beneath the soil. Might be a dumb question, but is the stuff really able to explode on their own if stepped on or disturbed, especially the larger shells? I guess a grenade could still be viable if the pin was never pulled? I think I'll stick to shark's teeth. Be safe. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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just don't bang on it with a hammer.... - 7/17/2010
Reviewer : hemipristis from
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Darryl, we have ordinance guys with us the entire time we're doing work at the site, and they clear an area before we enter. Their magnetometers are good to two feet down. If their mag surveys indicate the presence of metal, they gently probe around 'til they find it, then redo the survey to make sure all is clear. While theoretically the ordinance, being live, could go off any minute, the reality is that it hasn't in 60 years, so only something significant would set it off, like banging on it, or removing it roughly. I have another site coming up in northern Guam that was a WWII air-to-ground firing range (bullets, rockets, bombs...). Should be interesting!
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