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Season 1 of “Bomb Hunters” Looks for Unexploded Ordnance

New show debuts on History Channel.

Who knew, but apparently there are unexploded bombs located across the country, from coast to coast – enough for the History Channel to make an entire series about it.

Called "Bomb Hunters," the new show follows a number of expert bomb disposal and clearance teams as they comb through former training camps that were set up in Canada during World Wars I and II. Millions of munitions could be buried, from rockets to grenades, bombs, and mortars – one in seven failed to detonate, meaning these UXOs (unexploded explosive ordnance) could pose a major threat. They are located in the ground and even underwater.

Season 1 of "Bomb Hunters" will examine the following sites: Ostrander Point, Ontario, a locale where munitions debris are tangled with thick brush and poison ivy – everything from 60 pound bombs to “Mighty Mouse” rockets; Melbourne, Ontario, a crucial bombing range during World War II where its thousands of practice bombs, buried just below the surface, present a potential hazard to the Chippewas First Nations town; McGivney, New Brunswick, a former munitions depot strewn with bomb casings, rocket parts and practice anti-tank mines that is now a public dump, so no one knows what may lie under the decades of garbage and vegetation; Lac St. Pierre, Quebec, where nearly 300,000 rounds now rest on the lake bed and as many as 3,000 of which are believed to be explosive; Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, steeped in over 200 years of military history; and Thiepval, BC, a wreck known as “the graveyard of the Pacific” where, inside her fragile hull, may be a deadly cargo of live bombs.

"Bomb Hunters" airs on Mondays at 10pm on History.

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Resources:

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