Season 1 of “Bomb Hunters” Looks for Unexploded Ordnance

New show debuts on History Channel.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Who knew, but apparently there are unexploded bombs located across the country, from coast to coast – enough for the History Channel to make an entire series about it.

Called "Bomb Hunters," the new show follows a number of expert bomb disposal and clearance teams as they comb through former training camps that were set up in Canada during World Wars I and II. Millions of munitions could be buried, from rockets to grenades, bombs, and mortars – one in seven failed to detonate, meaning these UXOs (unexploded explosive ordnance) could pose a major threat. They are located in the ground and even underwater.

Season 1 of "Bomb Hunters" will examine the following sites: Ostrander Point, Ontario, a locale where munitions debris are tangled with thick brush and poison ivy – everything from 60 pound bombs to “Mighty Mouse” rockets; Melbourne, Ontario, a crucial bombing range during World War II where its thousands of practice bombs, buried just below the surface, present a potential hazard to the Chippewas First Nations town; McGivney, New Brunswick, a former munitions depot strewn with bomb casings, rocket parts and practice anti-tank mines that is now a public dump, so no one knows what may lie under the decades of garbage and vegetation; Lac St. Pierre, Quebec, where nearly 300,000 rounds now rest on the lake bed and as many as 3,000 of which are believed to be explosive; Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, steeped in over 200 years of military history; and Thiepval, BC, a wreck known as “the graveyard of the Pacific” where, inside her fragile hull, may be a deadly cargo of live bombs.

"Bomb Hunters" airs on Mondays at 10pm on History.