New Zealand: Big boom in bomb disposal callouts

The number of callouts by the Army’s crack bomb disposal team have almost tripled in the first quarter of 2018, new figures reveal, continuing an upward trend over the last three years.

The Defence Force’s E Squadron (Explosive Ordnance Disposal, or EOD) were called out 330 times in the first three months to March, compared to 121 in the same period last year – an increase of 173 per cent.

About half of the incidents happened in the three main cities – Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch – according to Colonel Rob Gillard, the Special Operations Component Commander.

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Source: Newstalk ZB