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Unexploded Ordnance

Abandoned large caliber ammunition.The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for managing over 245 million acres of America's public lands and resources for multiple use and sustained yield. As part of this management effort, the BLM accepts into its inventory lands that were formerly used by the military services (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps). Accepting lands that have been returned to the public domain and opening former military ranges for public use present unique challenges.

Large pile of unused abandoned weapon ammunitionsMore than 5 million acres of BLM-managed land that is open to public access may contain munitions or explosives of concern (MEC). The BLM is collaborating with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to address MEC-contaminated lands currently in BLM's inventory and the possible transfer of additional military lands to BLM management. 

The BLM has developed Handbook H-1703-2 Military Munitions and Explosives of Concern to address management of these MEC-containment.

 Safety is Your First Priority 


Denver Federal Center Building 40
Bureau of Land Management
Denver, Colorado 80225
phone: (303) 236-1975
This training video is intended to inform BLM Employees and risks and safety requirements when operating near hazardous areas.
In this video you will become familiar with UXO history on BLM public lands; the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). Specialist's role in UXO; safety reporting; concerns of BLM's Hazmat Specialist, Fire Fighter, and Law Enforcement personnel.
This video explains the proper precautions to take in case of encountering UXO on BLM public lands.
  • Recognize the presence of UXO.
  • Retreat from an Area when UXO is found.
  • Report the UXO to proper authority.

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