NSP, Air National Guard has several explosive devices

LINCOLN, Neb. (Press Release) – Soldiers from the Nebraska State Patrol Bomb Squad, assisted by an explosive ordnance disposal team from the Nebraska Air National Guard’s 155th Air Refueling Wing, recently safely destroyed three old military ammunition located in personal property.

Last Thursday, February 24, a Fremont resident located a grenade in the belongings of a deceased relative. This person reported it to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, who contacted the NSP Bomb Squad. Upon inspection, soldiers determined that the grenade was live. The grenade was transported to a safe location where it was destroyed with a counter charge by soldiers and members of the National Guard EOD unit.

On Sunday February 27, the Antelope County Sheriff’s Office reported to the NSP Bomb Squad that they had been made aware of an old military munition at a residence in Oakdale. Soldiers and the National Guard EOD unit responded. After the device was determined to be a practice bomb, it was transported to a safe location and destroyed due to the possibility of containing explosive materials.

On Monday, February 28, the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office notified the NSP Bomb Squad that they had located what was believed to be a cannon shot at a Rushville residence. Upon inspection, soldiers identified the device as an artillery projectile rocket and believed it to be a real explosive device. Soldiers from the NSP Bomb Squad and members of the National Guard EOD Unit traveled to Rushville to handle the device. The artillery rocket was transported to a safe place and destroyed by a counter-charge.

“Explosive devices can be extremely dangerous,” said Private Gabe Skalka, commander of the NSP Bomb Squad. “If you ever find anything like one of these items, call the authorities immediately and do not attempt to move it. Our teams can be called in to handle and dispose of the items safely.

NSP has Hazardous Device Technicians stationed throughout the state to work with local authorities for this type of situation. NSP also partners with the Nebraska National Guard’s EOD Unit for many operations throughout the year.

Soldiers and the EOD National Guard determined that the device found was a practice bomb.(Nebraska State Patrol)
A Fremont resident located a grenade in the belongings of a deceased relative.
A Fremont resident located a grenade in the belongings of a deceased relative.(Nebraska State Patrol)

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