Second Greater London unexploded ordnance find in as many days causes further transport misery and highlights the benefit of commercial Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) engineers

The Queen Elizabeth II bridge was closed for a few hours today creating a long queue on the M25.

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The closure caused a long queue on the M25

The Army EOD team took no chances and set up a safety cordon which resulted in the road closure. EOD engineers use X-ray equipment to fully identify the specific threat posed by a unexploded ordnance (UXO). On this occasion the shell was found not to contain any hazardous fill, such as explosives.

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UXO X-ray image example (a mortar bomb)
One benefit of Brimstone EOD supervision

Unfortunately, false UXO finds are a common occurrence in the U.K. Gas canisters and bottles are amongst the most commonly misidentified objects. Police officers will always call upon Ministry of Defence EOD teams when a member of the public reports a suspicious object.

The armed forces’ EOD units are not always immediately available and some end up travelling hundreds of miles to reach the scene. Consequently, false UXO incidents can result in costly and inconvenient delays, closures and evacuations.

One significant benefit of Brimstone EOD engineer site supervision is their ability to correctly identify partially buried objects. Certain items can look like UXO to the untrained eye, however are actually non-hazardous metal objects.

In such instances, the EOD engineer would order excavations to continue uninterrupted, until the next suspicious object is encountered.

To find out more about Brimstone EOD engineer services, get in contact.