Former Brdy Military Training Area cleared of unexploded ammunition

Soldiers from the pyrotechnic cleansing detachment of the 15th Engineer Regiment have completed the pyrotechnic remediation (the recovery and final disposal of unexploded ordnance or munitions) of the Brdy Protected Landscape Area which they had been working on since 2012.

Temporary collection site
Temporary collection site

They have certified as safe 12,703 hectares and have found nearly 10,000 pieces of unexploded ammunition.

A 40-member bomb disposal squad has been involved in the clean-up procedures of between 15 to 20 hectares per day of contaminated areas, depending on the terrain, the frequency of discovery, and weather conditions. Their mission was concluded at the end of November.

In total, the disposal squad discovered and neutralised 9,848 pieces of artillery shells, rockets and tank ammunition which was on or beneath the ground surface, and originated primarily from former Warsaw Pact troops taking part in training exercises, etc. after WWII.

Although Brdy Protected Landscape Area was established in January 2016, the entire area will not be open to the public. There are six locations which will remain permanently closed, which include inaccessible target impact areas and rocky hills.

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By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

December 2, 2017