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(BBC)   Protip: The approved method of identifying safely deactivated grenades is not 'pull out the pin and see what happens'   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 42
    More: Dumbass, Sarah Bluck, Kent Police, Folkestone, grenades  
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2013-07-25 01:00:46 PM
Well is it no-longer-active or not?
 
2013-07-25 01:01:09 PM
You know, if you gave this to a few kids, it'd be an awesome game of hot potato!

We could even give out plastic sheets , like Gallahger.
 
2013-07-25 01:01:49 PM
Boom goes the dynamite!
 
2013-07-25 01:02:20 PM
She looks cold.
 
2013-07-25 01:02:40 PM
Why would you pull a pin on a grenade that you didn't know was safe?

/ why would you pull a pin on a grenade anyway?
 
2013-07-25 01:02:46 PM
Wow. A grenade went off in her hand and all she got was burns and a missing part of her finger. She should counter herself lucky.

Also, that's exactly what I would expect a woman with a Russian motorcycle (Ural?) and a penchant for surplus military hardware to look like.
 
2013-07-25 01:02:46 PM
The festival featured in the article was a mere 5 miles from my house. The local news souce (kent Messenger Group) initially reported that she purchased thunderflashes, somewhere they've changed to grenades between there and the BBC

Ms Bluck bought four thunderflashes, which are used in battle re-enactments, and began to dismantle one to see the inner workings.

If you're not a professional pyrotechnical engineer, leave the bloody explosive device alone
 
2013-07-25 01:03:03 PM
"I've been around explosives long enough to deal with pyrotechnics and thunder flashes and smoke grenades in the past."

I love when morons do moron like things and then try to justify it as not their fault by dropping contradicting `credentials' based off absolutely nothing official.
 
2013-07-25 01:03:39 PM
news.bbcimg.co.uk

Nipples.
 
2013-07-25 01:04:58 PM
IIRC, they usually drill out the bottom of deactivated grenades. So if it's not hollow with a hole in the bottom, it's probably live.
 
2013-07-25 01:07:29 PM

iheartscotch: why would you pull a pin on a grenade anyway?


same reason you would unholster a weapon.
 
2013-07-25 01:08:43 PM
I am nervous even around "dummy grenades".  If you are going to pull the pin to check, the least you can do is remember to immediately throw it a safe distance and wait.
 
2013-07-25 01:08:55 PM

vudukungfu: iheartscotch: why would you pull a pin on a grenade anyway?

same reason you would unholster a weapon.


To shoot Trayvon??
 
2013-07-25 01:09:31 PM
Once you pull the pin Mr. grenade is not your friend...
 
2013-07-25 01:11:22 PM
So she thought it was inert but it turned out to be ert. My Drill Sergeant said "Always assume a grenade is ert. Except you, Trainee Freakstorm. Here. Take this one way over there and play with it."
 
2013-07-25 01:12:45 PM
I say, Nigel, hold my Pimm's.  Pardon me, all, but would you care to peruse what I'm about to undertake?
 
2013-07-25 01:15:22 PM
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com

It's okay. I know what I'm doing.
I know the thing is out of the thing.

This can come out.
This stays like this.
 
2013-07-25 01:16:04 PM
"in the blast at the War and Peace Revival show".

Sounds like there was definitely some War Revival that day.
 
2013-07-25 01:16:42 PM
And the Lord spake, saying, "First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it.
Amen.
 Amen.
 Right. One... two... five.
 Three, sir.
 Three.
"Boom"

 
2013-07-25 01:17:38 PM
Not approved by whom?

I bet Darwin approves.
 
2013-07-25 01:19:26 PM
Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy

IIRC, they usually drill out the bottom of deactivated grenades. So if it's not hollow with a hole in the bottom, it's probably live.

And they paint them blue. I remember being told not to cover the hole if it's a training grenade and there's a blasting cap in it. There's enough force in the blasting cap to take some fingers and burn.

/CSB
During Basic training, you get to spend part of the day on the grenade range and the instructor tells you the above bit about not blowing your fingers off. He then take a practice grenade, thumbs the safety and pulls the pin while clearly keeping his hand away from the bottom of the grenade. When the cap goes off, he screams and everyone jumps. At the same time, two trainees over and one back, there's a horrible farting sound and a trainee has to excuse himself and runs to the latrine.
 
2013-07-25 01:20:21 PM
what happened to the good old days

place on ground
light fuse
get away
 
2013-07-25 01:27:58 PM
If I had to guess, she bought a TLSFX ring pull grenade. They look reasonably like grenades, weigh very little, which might have convinced her it was inactive, and have enough power to cause you moderate injury.

Cue massive over-reaction by the Daily Wail.

/submitter
//not missing any digits
 
2013-07-25 01:31:23 PM
Sarah Bluck, from Sheerness, Kent, also suffered burns to her stomach, legs and arms in the blast at the War and Peace Revival show in Folkestone.


More like "War and Pieces" am I right?
 
2013-07-25 01:34:10 PM

iheartscotch: Why would you pull a pin on a grenade that you didn't know was safe?

/ why would you pull a pin on a grenade anyway?


Why wouldnt you
 
2013-07-25 01:36:35 PM
No but it would prove Darwin's law.
 
2013-07-25 01:43:11 PM
Most grenades these days are reconfigured to explode nicely, there's still a few thousand cases of older style ones in circulation but for the most part grenades weren't happy with being so destructive and whatnot. They've chosen to detonate with a simple queef-like gesture and contain only psychedelic drug cloud cocktails combined with a vague fudge.
This grenade was almost certainly a nice one, the digit loss was undoubtably due to the effects of the psychedelics, or possibly the fudge, on the woman's mind. She probably ate the finger.

/explosives expert.
 
2013-07-25 01:50:47 PM
When my dad got out of the marines in the late 60s he brought back a morter shell which he put on a stand and turned into a doorstop. IT has no fuse in it but when he gave it to me he said "Don't drop it." Thanks dad!
 
2013-07-25 01:53:43 PM
FTA: "She said there was a second explosion after she threw the device into her tent."

Was she trying to frag someone?
 
2013-07-25 01:58:14 PM
I don't who's the bigger idiot...  The one who sold a grenade without first making sure it was really defused, or the woman who just assumed it was and pulled the pin.
 
2013-07-25 01:59:21 PM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: IIRC, they usually drill out the bottom of deactivated grenades. So if it's not hollow with a hole in the bottom, it's probably live.


My dad brought home a unexploded shell from Vietnam.   Next time I visit, I'm going to hit the back of it with a hammer.

Also...

encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2013-07-25 02:00:32 PM
Female military enthusiast?  Do those exist?  I call shenanigans!

/Also, nipples.  WOOO!
 
2013-07-25 02:15:44 PM
"Ms Bluck, who was staying at the site and was there to display her Russian motorbike".

I've never heard it called that before...
 
2013-07-25 02:57:53 PM
Why don't they just make practice grenades that just play a realistic recording of a guy imitating a grenade exploding "Ker poossssssh!" with a bright LED flash. Then they could be reused and some money could be saved.
 
2013-07-25 02:58:01 PM
As good a time as any to bring up my all-time favorite Darwin award...
 
2013-07-25 03:22:14 PM
Since when?
 
2013-07-25 03:36:09 PM

MCStymie: Female military enthusiast?  Do those exist?  I call shenanigans!

/Also, nipples.  WOOO!


Her name is Sarah Bluck, and she she's here to....
s13.postimg.org
 
2013-07-25 03:37:47 PM

groppet: When my dad got out of the marines in the late 60s he brought back a morter shell which he put on a stand and turned into a doorstop. IT has no fuse in it but when he gave it to me he said "Don't drop it." Thanks dad!


Don't drop it, but ok to bang the door against it?
 
2013-07-25 05:20:38 PM

Harry Freakstorm: So she thought it was inert but it turned out to be ert. My Drill Sergeant said "Always assume a grenade is ert. Except you, Trainee Freakstorm. Here. Take this one way over there and play with it."


Heh, we had a Sad-Sack in my platoon. I once told him that I was going to make him a hero, by holding him down on a grenade.
 
2013-07-25 08:56:01 PM

Pert: "Ms Bluck, who was staying at the site and was there to display her Russian motorbike".

I've never heard it called that before...


Rough ride, but kinda fun.
 
2013-07-25 09:33:38 PM
It do seam to have worked. Its now safe.
 
2013-07-26 09:43:11 PM
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