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Cluster bombs found at auction site

Several old cluster bombs were discovered in Loudoun County, prompting a visit from both the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the Loudoun County Bomb Squad.

Authorities were called to Belmont Ridge Road in Ashburn when two unknown devices were found in a box being prepped for auction at Tillet and Damewood.

"We were going through some boxes of old military gear for auction and we saw some stuff that looked suspicious," said Brian Damewood, who manages marketing for the auctioneers.

Investigation determined the devices were old two-cluster munitions.

Explosive and Ordnance personnel from the US Army and the Loudoun County Bomb squad rendered the munitions safe at the auction site before moving them to be destroyed shortly before 4 p.m. Belmont Ridge Road was closed temporarily as the devices were moved.

Damewood said this is the first time the bomb squad has had to respond.

"I'm happy we do business in a county where public safety people respond so quickly," Damewood said.

This isn't the first time old military ordnances have been discovered in Loudoun County. In June of 2013, a woman discovered two Desert Storm era anti-tank missiles in her shed, prompting a temporary evacuation of a Leesburg neighborhood.


Good for Tillett’s for being so observant, and good for the LC Bomb Squad and the US Army for responding so quickly and efficiently. Great work all-around!

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