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Danger UXO!

Published on by Dr Paul Beckett

Phlorum UXO bullets
It’s often interesting what you can find from digging around brownfield sites. Recent excavations by Phlorum at a site near Woolwich uncovered a stash (over 1,600!) of odd looking bullets. They were dated 1916 and the tips were identified as containing an incendiary material (perhaps to counter zeppelin attacks during WWI). Previous uses of the site included a long history as a military range and the siting of two anti-aircraft guns during WWII. Needless to say the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) risk was assessed as being very high! Other finds included anti-aircraft shells and a cannonball (indicating just how far back the site was used by the military!). All finds were identified and handled by military trained staff from EOD Contracts Ltd.

About the author: Dr Paul Beckett

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Dr Paul Beckett is one of the UK’s leading experts in Japanese knotweed and is a member of the Expert Witness Institute. He regularly provides Japanese knotweed expert witness services. He helped produce the RICS knotweed guidance for surveyors and was integral in the formation of the Property Care Association (PCA) Invasive Weed Control Group (IWCG).

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