Practicing UXO Safety in McGivney, New Brunswick

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Between 1942 and 1969, the Department of National Defence used land near the village of McGivney for ammunition storage. The total site area was over 1900 acres, including a large portion of vacant, forested land. The ammunition depot consisted of 24 buildings which are now demolished. They stored anti-aircraft, anti-tank, mortar and small arms ammunition, grenades, mines and pyrotechnics. Southeast of the main site, adjacent to 5 Mile Brook, an area was used for high explosive ammunition demolition.

Be advised that there is a chance of encountering unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO) while in the McGivney area. UXO is the term for military explosives that were used but failed to function properly.

If you see something that could be UXO, do not touch it! If UXO is disturbed, it could explode and cause serious injury or death. Leave the area and call 911.


The following is an example of unexploded explosive ordnance (UXO).

Large UXO in the woods


  • Don’t touch it!
  • Remember the location and leave the area.
  • Call 911.