UXB bomb risk maps UK

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by CL1, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  2. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

  3. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Don't Panic! Don't Panic! they may all be duds thanks for posting very interesting wonder how current it actually is.
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron


    well mate you should see the probe they use

    makes you wonder what would happen if it struck some munitions
  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  6. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    The biggest risk to excavating on this side of the pond is if you are unfortunate enough to uncover some native Indian bones or artifacts. Then, forget your project for the next two years as the archeologists arrive and the site is declared sacred.
  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Further to another post re ordnance found

    Several decades after the end of the two world wars, explosive material still represents a significant potential danger in the North and Baltic Sea's. Independent experts have calculated that there are approx. 1.6 million tons of explosives on the seabed. This is a particular danger in the development / installation of offshore wind parks.

    • At least 115 deaths and 35 serious injuries have been caused by unexploded ordnance from second and first world wars since 1945.
    • An estimated 400,000 tonnes of munitions lie at the bottom of the North Sea.
    • The National archives document that Beauforts Dyke contains over 1 million tonnes of unexploded munitions.
    • Many areas of the world's marine environment have been contaminated by unexploded ordnance (UXO) as a result of years of conflict, military use and sea dumping leaving behind a legacy of UXO.
    Of the mines that were laid around the British Isles during WW2, only around 15-30% were recovered after the war. There are no records for mine sweeping following WW1, so recovery is likely to have been even lower. The simple maths suggest that, even allowing for those that have been detonated or recovered to date, there are likely to be in region of hundreds of thousands of mines still at large around the coast of the UK.

    EOD Services
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  8. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    Ships trading to the Baltic, even to the 1960s, followed buoyed swept channels through the North Sea. We reckoned that the biggest danger was from floating mines, and went from Lightship to Lightship, ignoring the tortuous swept channels. In the Baltic we followed the routes, through the German laid mine fields.
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  9. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    If we saw a floating mine we were supposed to detonate it with rifle fire, no one supplied us with the rifle though!
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