Guam – This SATURDAY morning, the Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team will remove and dispose of an old World War II artillery shell found recently on the Sumay Peninsula.
Naval Base Spokeswoman Annette Donner says that a backhoe operator found the 5-inch shell while digging at a Sumay Point construction site last Friday, September 7 and base security was notified.
The shell was “deemed stable enough by Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Det Marianas (DetMari) to remain in place temporarily and has been under security watch 24/7.”
Donner said the “EOD professionals determined the projectile to be safe where uncovered as long as it was not disturbed. Naval Base Guam Security has been providing 24/7 security at the site. WWII ordnance has been lying in the ground for 68 years and this fuse, like a cocked pistol, is considered safe as long as it is not moved or disturbed.”
The shell is outside “the widest safety arc” for all housing areas.
However, NBG Security will be blocking off streets in the area and full safety precautions have and will be taken for the Saturday removal.
[Photo courtesy NBG]
UXO- UNEARTHED UNEXPLODED WWII 5″ PROJECTILE TO BE RENDERED SAFE BY EOD AND REMOVED FROM THE SUMAY PENINSULA 0700 SAT 15 SEPT.
Please take this opportunity to remind your family members NEVER to dig for, poke, carry-home-to-show-Dad any suspected ‘metal pieces’ seen in the jungle dirt because it could be a WWII unstable ordnance. Always report it to Security.
For the Saturday operation all housing areas are outside the widest safety arc, there is no danger to the Lockwood residential area near Sumay during the render safe procedure by EOD. Security will be blocking off streets – full safety precautions have been taken. Recreation beaches and jogging areas (San Luis) should be reopened by approximately 0900.