UXO (Unexploded Ordnance)
These are explosive weapons that did not explode as designed at the time they were fired, which means that there is still a risk of exploding given certain stimuli and conditions. There is a significant quantity of unexploded ordnance across the world especially in post conflict areas.
Due to the Blitz and beach denial areas created during the Second World War, there are areas in UK that are more at risk of unexploded ordnance including London and Portsmouth. From 2006 to 2009 over 15,000 UXO were found on construction sites throughout the UK.
Similarly, following the end of the Second World War there are still thousands of weapons found, the average reaching fifteen a day. From the Battle of Berlin alone, there are many artillery shells uncovered every year.
Over 200,000 tons of ordnance that was dropped on Ja[an during the final year of WWII and they are still being uncovered today. The main place that unexploded ordnance is found in Japan is Okinawa.
Known as the world’s most heavily bombed nation, it is no surprise that there is still unexploded ordnance being found in Laos. After the Vietnam war there were over 75 million unexploded bombs left unexploded, with over one million items being destroyed between the years 1996 - 2009.
After the recent war in 2006 between Israel and Lebanon, over one million items of unexploded ordnance have been left in the region.