Unexploded ordnance in the mountains

Fri, 27. Aug. 2021

When hiking in the mountains, it is possible to come across unexploded ordnance, ammunition that has not exploded or has not exploded completely, for example because it landed in water, snow or soft ground, writes the NBC-KA-MIR Centre of Competence at the NBC Centre in Spiez.

Duds and ammunition remnants can be found on former and active firing ranges, on glaciers and in target areas in the mountains, such as the Chüetungel above Lauenensee or below the Arnehore.

Mark and report
The place of discovery should be marked with a worn T-shirt, a plastic bag or a similar object, and the reporting centre be informed. Alternatively, the find can be registered in the mobile app Blindgänger.

In 2020, a total of 1055 reports were made and 3960 duds, found munitions, ammunition and other scrap were removed. Anyone who reports a find receives compensation.

BASED ON AVS/BLANCA BURRI

Unexploded ordnance reporting centre:
058 481 44 44 or 117 / Mobile app: Blindgänger

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