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(MSNBC)   Phoenix residents are being attacked by "flashlight bombs"   (msnbc.msn.com) divider line 67
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2012-06-09 07:56:19 PM
Hopefully, the police get some clues that will help shed some light on who the perpetrator is.
 
2012-06-09 08:05:50 PM
Some may call it extreme, but we live in extreme times: I've taken to shooting any stray flashlight I see. You can never tell when they're liable to attack, so I stand my ground. Any unattended flashlight gets shot, center mass. No second chances, flashlights!
 
2012-06-09 08:34:44 PM
Well people could just stop picking up trash.
 
2012-06-09 08:35:03 PM
Hey, at least it wasn't fleshlight bombs.
 
2012-06-09 08:39:21 PM
Kinda late to the game there, MSNBC, last one was a couple weeks ago, I think, at a Salvation Army drop-off facility - no telling how long it had been there. All quiet since then.

Wackjob has probably come and gone.
 
2012-06-09 08:42:08 PM

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: Kinda late to the game there, MSNBC, last one was a couple weeks ago, I think, at a Salvation Army drop-off facility - no telling how long it had been there. All quiet since then.

Wackjob has probably come and gone.


And the story was greenlit on Fark...
 
2012-06-09 08:43:14 PM
www.dashhacks.com
 
2012-06-09 08:43:34 PM

xanadian: Hopefully, the police get some clues that will help shed some light on who the perpetrator is.


I hope this person gets charged, at least with battery.
 
2012-06-09 08:44:46 PM

oukewldave: Hey, at least it wasn't fleshlight bombs.


Beat me to it.
 
2012-06-09 08:48:09 PM

oukewldave: Hey, at least it wasn't fleshlight bombs.


came for thi... er... that doesn't sound right under the circumstances...
 
2012-06-09 08:52:27 PM

xanadian: Hopefully, the police get some clues that will help shed some light on who the perpetrator is.


"The nature of the bombings are so random," said Tom Mangan, a special agent at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix.


Suspects:

www.freewebs.com

www.paintingsilove.com
 
2012-06-09 08:53:34 PM
Flash mob with flesh lights at the bowling alley last night. Kind of weird.
 
2012-06-09 09:05:18 PM
I like how the police have narrowed the suspects down to one or two men.
 
2012-06-09 09:09:55 PM

twfeline: I like how the police have narrowed the suspects down to one or two men.



I know I feel better that they at least have a lead.
 
2012-06-09 09:10:08 PM
False flag events.
 
2012-06-09 09:12:19 PM

Mini Ditka: twfeline: I like how the police have narrowed the suspects down to one or two men.


I know I feel better that they at least have a lead.


Never, ever, believe what the police or government, military tells you
they follow the chain of command. They are told what to say.
 
2012-06-09 09:13:26 PM
media.tumblr.com

Wanted for questioning.
 
2012-06-09 09:15:11 PM

Mangan said the agency has ruled out any connection to terrorism because the targets have been random and there have been no messages or demands.

Interesting definition of terrorism.
 
2012-06-09 09:15:20 PM

xanadian: Hopefully, the police get some clues that will help shed some light on who the perpetrator is.


There's a pretty good chance of someone getting caught. Visit all the hardware stores, walmarts, goodwills etc that sell those kind of flashlights or components and get the receipts with flashlight purchases and their timestamps. Then get any video surveillance from those time periods. This is pretty standard when someone has to concoct something used in a crime, even when direct evidence (like fingerprints) are lacking.

It's possible that the person is using old flashlights or batteries they've had for awhile, but who keeps that many around just waiting to be turned into a bomb?
 
2012-06-09 09:18:48 PM

TheDirtyNacho: xanadian: Hopefully, the police get some clues that will help shed some light on who the perpetrator is.

There's a pretty good chance of someone getting caught. Visit all the hardware stores, walmarts, goodwills etc that sell those kind of flashlights or components and get the receipts with flashlight purchases and their timestamps. Then get any video surveillance from those time periods. This is pretty standard when someone has to concoct something used in a crime, even when direct evidence (like fingerprints) are lacking.

It's possible that the person is using old flashlights or batteries they've had for awhile, but who keeps that many around just waiting to be turned into a bomb?


It also sounds like these bombs are small and not very explosive, so its likely serial numbers are intact. This would make tracing where they were sold originally fairly easy, assuming they are not 20 year old flashlights. That would narrow it down even more.
 
2012-06-09 09:19:16 PM

Mangan said the remnants of the bombs are at a laboratory and being studied for fingerprints and other DNA evidence

Fingerprints are "DNA evidence"? Can Mangan find his own ass, even with the assistance of a search warrant and K9 unit?
 
2012-06-09 09:19:42 PM

ontariolightning: Mini Ditka: twfeline: I like how the police have narrowed the suspects down to one or two men.


I know I feel better that they at least have a lead.

Never, ever, believe what the police or government, military tells you
they follow the chain of command. They are told what to say.



Perhaps my sarcasm didn't translate ;-)
 
2012-06-09 09:19:46 PM
Break out the x and it's a rave!!!!
 
2012-06-09 09:21:14 PM
Flashlight Bombs? Someone's not very bright.
 
2012-06-09 09:22:03 PM
This sounds a lot like a 14 year old boy with a few firecrackers and model rocket igniters.
 
2012-06-09 09:22:36 PM
FTFA:

Mangan said the agency has ruled out any connection to terrorism...

but then

"Anytime any individual uses a bomb, their purpose is to create fear in the community..."

Same guy for both quotes.
 
2012-06-09 09:25:52 PM

Captain Wingo: FTFA:

Mangan said the agency has ruled out any connection to terrorism...

but then

"Anytime any individual uses a bomb, their purpose is to create fear in the community..."

Same guy for both quotes.


Yeah, Mangan is a moran. Back in my teens* I used many bombs... my purpose was to impress my friends with how big a *boom* I could make.

/* pre-9/11. pre-OKC. pre-Challenger.
//I'm old.
///My lawn. Off it.
////Don't trip the landmines as you leave
 
2012-06-09 09:29:21 PM

Thisbymaster: Well people could just stop picking up trash.


But that would ruin all the fun of going to dive bars.
 
2012-06-09 09:31:44 PM

AndreMA: Captain Wingo: FTFA:

Mangan said the agency has ruled out any connection to terrorism...

but then

"Anytime any individual uses a bomb, their purpose is to create fear in the community..."

Same guy for both quotes.

Yeah, Mangan is a moran. Back in my teens* I used many bombs... my purpose was to impress my friends with how big a *boom* I could make.

/* pre-9/11. pre-OKC. pre-Challenger.
//I'm old.
///My lawn. Off it.
////Don't trip the landmines as you leave


Oh come on, you know he means they don't think it's connected to wacky brown-peoples' religion terrorism & they still have issues with calling wacky non-brown home grown people "terrorists."
 
2012-06-09 09:33:08 PM

AndreMA: This sounds a lot like a 14 year old boy with a few firecrackers and model rocket igniters.


the image of turning on a flashlight and having it shoot away from you with a d-size engine blasting out the back is pretty great.... almost makes me want to give it a try.

/bonus points if you rig a parachute to fire out at the end
 
2012-06-09 09:39:21 PM

BlippityBleep: AndreMA: This sounds a lot like a 14 year old boy with a few firecrackers and model rocket igniters.

the image of turning on a flashlight and having it shoot away from you with a d-size engine blasting out the back is pretty great.... almost makes me want to give it a try.

/bonus points if you rig a parachute to fire out at the end


How about a couple of pieces of 3/4" pvc pipe, a cap, a hose clamp, 2 AA batteries, and a pushbotton, firing bare "C" motors like a flare gun?

/don't try this at home, kids; I'm damned lucky the PVC didn't fragment and pepper me with debris.
 
2012-06-09 10:11:40 PM
Moral of the story? Don't take things that don't belong to you.
 
2012-06-09 10:16:31 PM
AndreMA: Captain Wingo: FTFA:

Mangan said the agency has ruled out any connection to terrorism...

but then

"Anytime any individual uses a bomb, their purpose is to create fear in the community..."

Same guy for both quotes.

Yeah, Mangan is a moran. Back in my teens* I used many bombs... my purpose was to impress my friends with how big a *boom* I could make.

/* pre-9/11. pre-OKC. pre-Challenger.
//I'm old.
///My lawn. Off it.
////Don't trip the landmines as you leave


Second.

/pre 9/11, pre Columbine, Pre OKC
//back when you could play with dangerous stuff without going to club Gitmo.
 
2012-06-09 10:17:41 PM
ATF (AQUA TEEN (HUNGER) FORCE) ASSEMBLE!!
SHAKE SEWER THE MIC RULER YOU WANNA THREAT I"LL FLICK IT FOR U

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2012-06-09 10:20:22 PM
Only one person joined in with me on the punilarity.

How illuminating.
 
2012-06-09 10:21:53 PM

AndreMA: Mangan said the agency has ruled out any connection to terrorism because the targets have been random and there have been no messages or demands.

Interesting definition of terrorism.


It's fairly proper, so not that interesting.

No demands or messages = not terrorism. Random acts of violence do not terrorism make. It's only a terrorist act if the violence is intended to cause behavioral/political change, which kinda requires somebody to tell everybody what they want...

Even mass murder isn't terrorism unless specific demands are made.

Just plain ol' killin'.
 
2012-06-09 10:35:32 PM
Oddly enough, while cleaning out the back room, I found one of those old flashlights - just like pictured in the billboards. Had a couple 6V (actually have quite a few stocked up) batteries so I stuck one in to see if it was worth keeping.. nothing to brag about, but washed it off and keeping it.
Doesn't put out the light that newer LED lights do, especially some of the $80 tac lights I was recently given.. but since already have the batteries, could come in handy to just turn on and light an area during a power outage.

/wouldn't give a quarter for one in a yard sale, tho
 
2012-06-09 10:56:39 PM
One must remain eveready to deal with terrorist threats...
 
2012-06-09 11:00:48 PM

TheDirtyNacho: TheDirtyNacho: xanadian: Hopefully, the police get some clues that will help shed some light on who the perpetrator is.

There's a pretty good chance of someone getting caught. Visit all the hardware stores, walmarts, goodwills etc that sell those kind of flashlights or components and get the receipts with flashlight purchases and their timestamps. Then get any video surveillance from those time periods. This is pretty standard when someone has to concoct something used in a crime, even when direct evidence (like fingerprints) are lacking.

It's possible that the person is using old flashlights or batteries they've had for awhile, but who keeps that many around just waiting to be turned into a bomb?

It also sounds like these bombs are small and not very explosive, so its likely serial numbers are intact. This would make tracing where they were sold originally fairly easy, assuming they are not 20 year old flashlights. That would narrow it down even more.


Since when do cheap flashlights have serial numbers? I rather doubt most retailers are keeping that kind of record of every sale too.
 
2012-06-09 11:10:13 PM
Sounds like the sort of thing some of the kids in my day used to do in high school.
But nobody ever erected billboards in honor of those pranks...

Ever notice how many common fireworks -- you know, the kind they legalized in Arizona a little while back -- are about the size of a "D" battery?

And those camping flashlights: water resistant. I bet they's hold some pressure before blowing apart.

For leads: suggest Facebook.
 
2012-06-09 11:13:08 PM
Sounds like the sort of thing some of the kids in my day used to do in high school.
But nobody ever erected billboards in honor of those pranks...

Ever notice how many common fireworks -- you know, the kind they legalized in Arizona a little while back -- are about the size of a "D" battery?

And those camping flashlights: water resistant. I bet they'd hold some pressure before blowing apart.

For leads: suggest Facebook.
 
2012-06-09 11:34:31 PM
Ah, the old flashlight bomb trick. That's how we tried to get rid of the Irish back in ought six. Didn't work, they just kept coming. Tried the potato bomb after that. Didn't work either.
 
2012-06-09 11:40:47 PM

Jon iz teh kewl:

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Foreigner Belt. *sigh*
 
2012-06-09 11:52:28 PM

Oldiron_79: AndreMA: Captain Wingo: FTFA:

Mangan said the agency has ruled out any connection to terrorism...

but then

"Anytime any individual uses a bomb, their purpose is to create fear in the community..."

Same guy for both quotes.

Yeah, Mangan is a moran. Back in my teens* I used many bombs... my purpose was to impress my friends with how big a *boom* I could make.

/* pre-9/11. pre-OKC. pre-Challenger.
//I'm old.
///My lawn. Off it.
////Don't trip the landmines as you leave

Second.

/pre 9/11, pre Columbine, Pre OKC
//back when you could play with dangerous stuff without going to club Gitmo.



Hey, I'm currently at Club GTMO
 
2012-06-10 12:40:20 AM
Jesus Christ, Arizona!! It's not funny anymore!
 
2012-06-10 12:44:04 AM
sp5.fotolog.com
 
2012-06-10 12:59:14 AM
Ha da da dee ha da da daaa da da

/funkadelic terrorist
 
2012-06-10 01:17:06 AM
"The bomber may or may not strike again" says PolishTheBishop.

Hey look! I can do this profiling thing, too!
 
2012-06-10 01:40:23 AM

AndreMA: Mangan said the agency has ruled out any connection to terrorism because the targets have been random and there have been no messages or demands.

Interesting definition of terrorism.


So, it's just some random person instilling terror in the population, rather than a terrorist terrorizing the population randomly.

I can see the difference.
 
2012-06-10 01:40:33 AM
It was weird seeing the electronic billboards on the way to work showing warnings of these things. Surprised it took them so long.
 
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