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(Sevenoaks Chronicle)   Man digs up WWII bomb then drives it into a busy market town. Shell shock ensues   (sevenoakschronicle.co.uk) divider line 26
    More: Amusing, Dartford, Dartford Civic Centre, Kent Police, Otford, Dartford Civic, emergency evacuation, WWII, mortar shells  
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2013-11-04 11:48:55 AM
Drove around with it a couple of days?   Dude.......
 
2013-11-04 12:00:10 PM
Is the guy's name Trashcan Man?
 
2013-11-04 12:13:29 PM
Are you sure that it wasn't the crapper tank off of an old RV?
 
2013-11-04 12:16:20 PM
Could have been worse. He could have dropped it down the tube.

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2013-11-04 12:19:23 PM
Our second "rediscovered World War II ordinance threatens urban center" thread in as many days, it sounds like Europe's Iron Harvest is a bumper crop this year.  It's terrifying how much unexploded ordinance is scattered throughout Europe, including a number of gas shells from World War I.
 
2013-11-04 12:26:41 PM

Some Bass Playing Guy: Is the guy's name Trashcan Man?


First thing I thought of.

/My life for YOUUUuuuuuuu
//boom
 
2013-11-04 12:31:33 PM
It makes me question someone's intelligence, and sanity, when they discover what they recognise to be an unexploded bomb, and then dig it out to carry it/drive it to a populated area. Who does that? He must have the foggiest mind in the world, completely devoid of common sense or any clarity of thought. I mean really...
 
2013-11-04 12:31:56 PM

Polish Hussar: Our second "rediscovered World War II ordinance threatens urban center" thread in as many days, it sounds like Europe's Iron Harvest is a bumper crop this year.  It's terrifying how much unexploded ordinance is scattered throughout Europe, including a number of gas shells from World War I.


That's why Americans have been fighting wars overseas for the past 100 or so years. It's too messy to have them at home.
 
2013-11-04 12:38:06 PM

Polish Hussar: Our second "rediscovered World War II ordinance threatens urban center" thread in as many days, it sounds like Europe's Iron Harvest is a bumper crop this year.  It's terrifying how much unexploded ordinance is scattered throughout Europe, including a number of gas shells from World War I.


As time passes, construction work, field ploughing and natural processes bring the rusting shells to the surface.

That's what I find fascinating. These things tend to rise to the surface. They don't stay put.
 
2013-11-04 12:38:45 PM

basemetal: Drove around with it a couple of days?   Dude.......


It was probably a deactivated sea mine...

/ THE GREATER GOOD
 
2013-11-04 12:40:04 PM
Shell shock, you say?
 
2013-11-04 12:45:37 PM
Pic FTFA:


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ACTION POLICE!
 
2013-11-04 12:47:12 PM
The only thing I ever think of when I hear the phrase "shell shock"

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/sooo many quarters went into that machine.
 
2013-11-04 12:51:47 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: Polish Hussar: Our second "rediscovered World War II ordinance threatens urban center" thread in as many days, it sounds like Europe's Iron Harvest is a bumper crop this year.  It's terrifying how much unexploded ordinance is scattered throughout Europe, including a number of gas shells from World War I.

As time passes, construction work, field ploughing and natural processes bring the rusting shells to the surface.

That's what I find fascinating. These things tend to rise to the surface. They don't stay put.


I said this in yesterday's WWII EOD thread, but I find it truly astounding that it's part of a farmer's routine to gather up whatever unexploded ordinance he's plowed up and leave it by the roadside for the government EOD man making his regular rounds.  Hell, there are enough gas shells still littering Belgium that the government maintains a chemical weapons disposal facility.

Also, somewhat relevant, James May demonstrates how to defuse a German WWII 250kg aerial bomb, and why it is a bad idea to attempt to defuse one.  I couldn't find an edit just showing the defusal, so you'll have to skip forward a couple times.
 
2013-11-04 12:52:44 PM
"The man, who hasn't been identified, caused a major alert when he turned up at Dartford Civic Centre on Saturday brandishing the explosive device."

They're getting a little carried away with themselves here.  I consider "brandishing", as waving it around, in a menacing manner, not just walking in the door with it.  He's an idiot, not an imbecile.
 
2013-11-04 12:54:55 PM
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2013-11-04 01:07:31 PM
Mines and WMDs, the gifts that keep on giving.


/le sigh
 
2013-11-04 01:15:37 PM

Resident Muslim: Mines and WMDs, the gifts that keep on giving.


/le sigh


Also, mines.  As in a tunnel filled with tens of thousands of pounds of explosives.

From the link:  "In 1955 one of the four unused mines at the southern end of the ridge detonated after 38 years in the ground.  The explosion was believed to have been triggered by a lightning strike."
 
2013-11-04 01:20:06 PM
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Was it this guy?
 
2013-11-04 01:29:45 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: As time passes, construction work, field ploughing and natural processes bring the rusting shells to the surface.

That's what I find fascinating. These things tend to rise to the surface. They don't stay put.



It's all about buoyancy.   Everything is a liquid to a certain extent.  It just depends on viscosity.  Panes of glass that are several hundred years old are thicker at the base than the top because the glass has flowed down over time.  Your house "floats" on the foundation and basement like a ship in a sea of dirt, and these shells are obviously slightly less dense than the surrounding earth so they rise to the surface over decades.
 
2013-11-04 01:34:13 PM

barc0001: TheShavingofOccam123: As time passes, construction work, field ploughing and natural processes bring the rusting shells to the surface.

That's what I find fascinating. These things tend to rise to the surface. They don't stay put.


It's all about buoyancy.   Everything is a liquid to a certain extent.  It just depends on viscosity.  Panes of glass that are several hundred years old are thicker at the base than the top because the glass has flowed down over time.  Your house "floats" on the foundation and basement like a ship in a sea of dirt, and these shells are obviously slightly less dense than the surrounding earth so they rise to the surface over decades.


I read somewhere about a phenomenon where fields would "grow" stones.  If I remember correctly, the water in the ground freezing during winter pushed rocks in the soil strata towards the surface over the years.  I would imagine the same thing would happen to any solid object buried in the ground.
 
2013-11-04 01:51:38 PM

barc0001: Panes of glass that are several hundred years old are thicker at the base than the top because the glass has flowed down over time.


Actually, that's not true.  The way plate glass was manufactured back then resulted in it being thicker on one edge.  Being smart, the people back then would put the stronger, thicker side down.

http://www.cmog.org/article/does-glass-flow
 
2013-11-04 01:54:21 PM
I'm disappointed in Fark:
 
2013-11-04 01:55:25 PM

dittybopper: I'm disappointed in Fark:


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Now with minty-fresh imagery goodness.
 
2013-11-04 02:17:24 PM

Polish Hussar: Resident Muslim: Mines and WMDs, the gifts that keep on giving.


/le sigh

Also, mines.  As in a tunnel filled with tens of thousands of pounds of explosives.

From the link:  "In 1955 one of the four unused mines at the southern end of the ridge detonated after 38 years in the ground.  The explosion was believed to have been triggered by a lightning strike."


Damn!

The scenario that ran thru my mind:
"Nothing to fear kids, calm down, it's just thunder. What is scary about thunder?!" *BOOM*


As for the objects moving, there is a verse in the Quran that roughly translates into:
"and you see the mountains and think them solid while they pass by like clouds. The creation of Allah that has perfected everything."

I would love to see a computerized simulation of what sped up long term movement of mountains would look like.
 
2013-11-04 04:18:41 PM

Primitive Screwhead: Pic FTFA:


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ACTION POLICE!


.. apparently Mercedes has got a new line of vehicles which can approach Warp.
 
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