In the previous year, the headquarters had received a record number of 1055 reports, as the defense group in the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) announced on Monday.
The 908 reports resulted in the removal of 2741 objects in 2021. Eight percent of them were actually duds. 75 percent was ammunition scrap and 17 percent found ammunition.
For the DDPS, the statistics confirm the assumption that the record number of reports reached in 2020 is related to the measures taken to combat the Covid 19 pandemic. The resulting boom in outdoor leisure activities is likely to be the reason. More than half of the reports (519) in 2021 came from the cantons of Bern, Graubünden, Valais and St. Gallen.
Eliminated 47 tons of ammunition
The unexploded ordnance reporting center is part of the Ordnance Disposal and Mine Clearance Command. The command takes on various tasks at home and abroad. In addition to handling reports of unexploded ordnance, the commando regularly cleans up shooting ranges and target areas in Switzerland.
Last year, it removed 47 tons of scrap ammunition and eliminated 150 duds. Because duds are often found in inaccessible places in the mountains, the Air Force provided help in the search for 60 flight hours.
If you come across a suspicious object, you should never touch it, mark it in the area and either call the police or use an online form to notify the dud report office. There is also a dud app.
If an accident can be avoided by reporting, the army can pay private individuals a bonus of up to 100 francs. In 2021 she paid 9,450 francs for it. (SDA)