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Mistaken UXO

Mistaken UXO

The unearthing of a gas cylinder during redevelopment works at a site in Stotfold, Hertfordshire, which was mistaken as unexploded ordnance (UXO), resulted in the unnecessary call-out of emergency services, delay to on-going works and consideration to evacuate many family homes (https://www.thecomet.net/motoring/stotfold-street-cordoned-off-after-cylinder-found-by-builders-1-6333907). 6 Alpha Associates offers a range of UXO consultancy and risk mitigation measures which aim to reduce the likelihood of such incidences and of unplanned encounters with UXO, whilst providing Clients with appropriate advice and guidance on what to do if they should occur, thus saving the Client time, costs and reputation. On this occasion, using our app (https://www.6alpha.com/bombsearch-app/) or commissioning our Preliminary UXO Threat Assessment (https://www.6alpha.com/services/uxo-services/uxo-land-services/land-desk-top-studies/) would have provided the developer with an assessment on the likelihood of UXO being present at the site and with recommendations as to how to manage it. Alternatively, had the developer taken advantage of our “On-Call” service (https://www.6alpha.com/services/uxo-services/uxo-land-services/on-site-services/) advice could have been immediately obtained from a trained and qualified Explosive Ordnance Disposal Engineer. In this case provision of a photograph of the item would have avoided a mis-identification and the avoidance of the circumstances which subsequently unfolded.

Here are also some examples from the past where objects have been mistaken for UXBs and the police/army were called:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/703023/Suspected-World-War-Two-bomb-found-beach-is-gas-cylinder

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/tottenham-evacuation-bomb-hotspurs-training-ground-ww2-unexploded-latest-news-a7974716.html

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/bomb-on-thames-is-giant-christmas-bauble-a4154081.html

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