Museums & Heritage
For Immediate Release
Unexploded Ordnance Device found in Chebogue to be removed.
Maritime Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team leads operation to safely remove device with support from Municipality of Yarmouth.
<April 23rd, 2021 – Hebron NS>
In November of 2020, local RCMP informed the Canadian Armed Forces of a report of a possible military ordnance device located within a small pond in the Chebogue area.
The initial inspection by the Maritime Explosive Ordnance Disposal (MEOD) Team from Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) identified the device as an unfused, 500 lb UXO from the Second World War. The MEOD completed an assessment of the location and surrounding area for any additional devices and began planning for its removal.
Prior to removing the device, several steps were completed. These included an environmental assessment, negotiation of land use agreements, consultation with provincial and municipal authorities, RCMP, and other government departments and agencies.
The MEOD Team will begin on-scene operations on April 26th, 2021. It is estimated that it will take five days to complete the removal operation. Once removed, it will be transported to a local quarry for disposal.
“While the risk at this site is assessed as low, the removal of this WWII era UXO will make this area safer for the local residents. This operation is complex, but Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) has highly trained Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians ready to safely remove this UXO and return the area safe and secure.” Lt(N) Greg Richards, Executive Officer, FDU(A) & Chebogue EOD Team Lead
The Municipality of Yarmouth cautions residents that there may be increased traffic in the area from military vehicles and RCMP. This operation will be monitored and emergency management will be enacted if required.
“We are glad that this device was found and is now being disposed of in the appropriate manner. Residents of the Chebogue area may notice some diverted traffic and some activity in the area, but should not be concerned beyond this.” stated John Cunningham, Warden for the Municipality of Yarmouth.
Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of Yarmouth
LCdr/Capc Brian Owens
Senior Public Affairs Officer
Canadian Joint Operations Command
Joint Task Force (Atlantic)
Lieutenant Nicole Morrison
Public Affairs Officer, Maritime Forces Atlantic Headquarters
Canadian Armed Forces, Government of Canada