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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2020-09-20 3:58:47 PM  
Residences should not be stored in bomb disposal areas.
 
2020-09-20 5:12:19 PM  
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2020-09-20 5:42:41 PM  
It sounds like these were EOD guys but the article sure isn't clear!
 
2020-09-20 5:48:20 PM  
This is not a living area. See? Look around. There's nobody living here.
 
2020-09-20 5:49:47 PM  
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Wish me luck - till I see - you again!
 
2020-09-20 5:53:27 PM  

Loren: It sounds like these were EOD guys but the article sure isn't clear!


They were there to find the bombs for the EOD people to clear, and something went wrong (no way to confirm it now, of course, but it is possible that, in the process of probing to positively locate the bomb they found the fuse on the nose of the bomb with the probe and set it off).
 
2020-09-20 5:57:05 PM  
haha lol
 
2020-09-20 5:57:33 PM  

ClavellBCMI: Loren: It sounds like these were EOD guys but the article sure isn't clear!

They were there to find the bombs for the EOD people to clear, and something went wrong (no way to confirm it now, of course, but it is possible that, in the process of probing to positively locate the bomb they found the fuse on the nose of the bomb with the probe and set it off).


And considering the island in question is Guadalcanal, there are a lot of unexploded bombs, shells, and grenades in places that people now live in, not realizing that there might be buried live munitions under their very feet every day.
 
2020-09-20 5:57:47 PM  
Kah Bah Louie
 
2020-09-20 5:58:53 PM  
Inspector Clifford Tunuki


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2020-09-20 6:01:39 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: haha lol


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2020-09-20 6:02:00 PM  
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Found'em.
 
2020-09-20 6:08:20 PM  

ClavellBCMI: Loren: It sounds like these were EOD guys but the article sure isn't clear!

They were there to find the bombs for the EOD people to clear, and something went wrong (no way to confirm it now, of course, but it is possible that, in the process of probing to positively locate the bomb they found the fuse on the nose of the bomb with the probe and set it off).


And, speaking as a one-time combat engineer, clearing unexploded live munitions is batshiat insane and dangerous work that is guaranteed to take years off your life due to the stress of knowing that one wrong move and your family gets a "deeply regrets" letter or phone call and a life-insurance payout.
 
2020-09-20 6:09:44 PM  

ClavellBCMI: ClavellBCMI: Loren: It sounds like these were EOD guys but the article sure isn't clear!

They were there to find the bombs for the EOD people to clear, and something went wrong (no way to confirm it now, of course, but it is possible that, in the process of probing to positively locate the bomb they found the fuse on the nose of the bomb with the probe and set it off).

And, speaking as a one-time combat engineer, clearing unexploded live munitions is batshiat insane and dangerous work that is guaranteed to take years off your life due to the stress of knowing that one wrong move and your family gets a "deeply regrets" letter or phone call and a life-insurance payout.


Salute.
 
2020-09-20 6:14:27 PM  

ClavellBCMI: ClavellBCMI: Loren: It sounds like these were EOD guys but the article sure isn't clear!

They were there to find the bombs for the EOD people to clear, and something went wrong (no way to confirm it now, of course, but it is possible that, in the process of probing to positively locate the bomb they found the fuse on the nose of the bomb with the probe and set it off).

And considering the island in question is Guadalcanal, there are a lot of unexploded bombs, shells, and grenades in places that people now live in, not realizing that there might be buried live munitions under their very feet every day.


As these things are now decades old, they are rusted and deteriorated and may not be easily recognizable to the average civilian as munitions.    This young Belgian woman was badly injured when one of her friends threw a 'log' onto a camp fire she was sitting near.  The 'log' turned out to be an aerial bomb from the First World War.  https://www.independent.co.uk/n​ews/wor​ld/europe/the-26-year-old-victim-of-th​e-first-world-war-1824135.html
 
2020-09-20 6:17:26 PM  

ClavellBCMI: work that is guaranteed to take years off your life


Indeed.
 
2020-09-20 6:18:54 PM  

ClavellBCMI: ClavellBCMI: Loren: It sounds like these were EOD guys but the article sure isn't clear!

They were there to find the bombs for the EOD people to clear, and something went wrong (no way to confirm it now, of course, but it is possible that, in the process of probing to positively locate the bomb they found the fuse on the nose of the bomb with the probe and set it off).

And, speaking as a one-time combat engineer, clearing unexploded live munitions is batshiat insane and dangerous work that is guaranteed to take years off your life due to the stress of knowing that one wrong move and your family gets a "deeply regrets" letter or phone call and a life-insurance payout.


I was in a bar once with an EOD team and I couldn't believe how much beer they put down.
 
2020-09-20 6:25:37 PM  

JAYoung: ClavellBCMI: ClavellBCMI: Loren: It sounds like these were EOD guys but the article sure isn't clear!

They were there to find the bombs for the EOD people to clear, and something went wrong (no way to confirm it now, of course, but it is possible that, in the process of probing to positively locate the bomb they found the fuse on the nose of the bomb with the probe and set it off).

And, speaking as a one-time combat engineer, clearing unexploded live munitions is batshiat insane and dangerous work that is guaranteed to take years off your life due to the stress of knowing that one wrong move and your family gets a "deeply regrets" letter or phone call and a life-insurance payout.

I was in a bar once with an EOD team and I couldn't believe how much beer they put down.


And that was just to slow the jitters down enough to hold a fork.
 
2020-09-20 6:32:33 PM  
According to the article the explosion took place in a set of apartments that housed their headquarters.  I guess it's possible that they could have discovered explosives in the lawn or something, but it seems more likely that they brought something back.
 
2020-09-20 6:38:24 PM  
This is why I don't throw away expired medicine.
 
2020-09-20 6:40:01 PM  
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2020-09-20 6:58:33 PM  
That's quality workmanship there. Modern bombs are junk by comparison and you need to buy new ones every couple of years it's like nobody takes pride in their work anymore.
 
2020-09-20 7:05:28 PM  
JAYoung:

I was in a bar once with an EOD team and I couldn't believe how much beer they put down.

As an armament specialist who interacted with EOD all the time...yes, many, many beers were consumed.
 
2020-09-20 7:06:24 PM  

ClavellBCMI: ClavellBCMI: Loren: It sounds like these were EOD guys but the article sure isn't clear!

They were there to find the bombs for the EOD people to clear, and something went wrong (no way to confirm it now, of course, but it is possible that, in the process of probing to positively locate the bomb they found the fuse on the nose of the bomb with the probe and set it off).

And considering the island in question is Guadalcanal, there are a lot of unexploded bombs, shells, and grenades in places that people now live in, not realizing that there might be buried live munitions under their very feet every day.


One reason FT Monroe, VA, hasn't been turned into some of the most expensive condos on the east coast is because they still dig up ammo from as far back as the ACW and as recently as WWII.  According to local legend there, one of the old Coast Defense batteries was torn down before its mags had been cleared, and nobody wants to go looking for it.
 
2020-09-20 7:06:42 PM  
A former GF lives in Hamburg.  Weekly event for some area of the city to be evacuated and a bomb detonated in place or diffused.  That's been going on weekly for 75 years, with probably another 75 years of clearing ahead of them.

The last "wild" areas on Earth will be former battlefields considered too dangerous to enter, and we let Nature reclaim them.  Still wonder if one of the remaining "mines" from the Battle of Messines in WW1 will decide that today's the day to explode.  One was detonated by lightning in 1956.
 
2020-09-20 7:08:22 PM  
Don't poke at it, even if you think it is 5 million years old.

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2020-09-20 7:10:49 PM  
Fissile
As these things are now decades old, they are rusted and deteriorated and may not be easily recognizable to the average civilian as munitions

Once upon a time as a child, while my dad was windsurfing, I entertained myself in the shallow waters of a river in Berlin by letting myself fall backwards into waves created by the big ships passing by in the middle of the river.
One time my ass landed on something hard that I then thought to be some sort of old. rusty, deformed ship's propellor.

I was about to see how far I could throw that propellor and what kind of splash it would make when I noticed my dad frantically shouting and waving.

Doing a quick image search, I'm pretty sure that my ass had landed on a topless mortar shell - thankfully empty except for some mud and a small crab.

I kinda regret putting the crab and its home back under some bush growing in the shallow water and not taking the shell back home; would've made for an interesting paper weight or bookend, but a maybe 9-year-old didn't have much use for it.
 
2020-09-20 7:15:19 PM  
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2020-09-20 7:17:58 PM  

indy_kid: A former GF lives in Hamburg.  Weekly event for some area of the city to be evacuated and a bomb detonated in place or diffused.  That's been going on weekly for 75 years, with probably another 75 years of clearing ahead of them.

The last "wild" areas on Earth will be former battlefields considered too dangerous to enter, and we let Nature reclaim them.  Still wonder if one of the remaining "mines" from the Battle of Messines in WW1 will decide that today's the day to explode.  One was detonated by lightning in 1956.


The area north of Verdun in France comes to mind. That area has so many unexploded munitions of all kinds, ranging from early hand-grendes on up to massive chemical warheads from heavy-caliber artillery guns from WWI that parts of that area are still off-limits (and farmers in that area that have farms in the areas near there that *are* allowed to have people on the land *still* find the damn things with their plows, sometimes finding them the hard way).
 
2020-09-20 7:19:19 PM  

recombobulator: According to the article the explosion took place in a set of apartments that housed their headquarters.  I guess it's possible that they could have discovered explosives in the lawn or something, but it seems more likely that they brought something back.


It now seems that this appears to be the case.
 
2020-09-20 7:22:58 PM  
There are still mines from WWI that go off. How long will these things last before they're no longer viable?
 
2020-09-20 7:24:03 PM  

ClavellBCMI: recombobulator: According to the article the explosion took place in a set of apartments that housed their headquarters.  I guess it's possible that they could have discovered explosives in the lawn or something, but it seems more likely that they brought something back.

It now seems that this appears to be the case.


Well, of course the professionals would deal in case lots.
 
2020-09-20 7:51:45 PM  

I want that sauce Morty!: There are still mines from WWI that go off. How long will these things last before they're no longer viable?


AFAICT, indefinitely. There might come a time when it will degrade beyond danger, but nobody seems to know if or when that will be.
 
2020-09-20 8:07:24 PM  
I heard that Nitrogen based explosives crystalise with age.  This makes them very much more sensitive.
 
2020-09-20 8:21:52 PM  

ClavellBCMI: indy_kid: A former GF lives in Hamburg.  Weekly event for some area of the city to be evacuated and a bomb detonated in place or diffused.  That's been going on weekly for 75 years, with probably another 75 years of clearing ahead of them.

The last "wild" areas on Earth will be former battlefields considered too dangerous to enter, and we let Nature reclaim them.  Still wonder if one of the remaining "mines" from the Battle of Messines in WW1 will decide that today's the day to explode.  One was detonated by lightning in 1956.

The area north of Verdun in France comes to mind. That area has so many unexploded munitions of all kinds, ranging from early hand-grendes on up to massive chemical warheads from heavy-caliber artillery guns from WWI that parts of that area are still off-limits (and farmers in that area that have farms in the areas near there that *are* allowed to have people on the land *still* find the damn things with their plows, sometimes finding them the hard way).


And France has Le Zone Rouge on top of that.  Best estimates are three to seven centuries to clear it.  Plus, every few years somebody reminds us of the SS Richard Montgomery, with 1400 tons of HE still trapped in its wreck in the Thames Estuary.  Sleep tight.
 
2020-09-20 8:57:12 PM  
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2020-09-20 9:00:59 PM  

I want that sauce Morty!: There are still mines from WWI that go off. How long will these things last before they're no longer viable?


Gloucester: I heard that Nitrogen based explosives crystalise with age.  This makes them very much more sensitive.


I suspect they'll self-trigger before decaying beyond detonation.
 
2020-09-20 9:06:49 PM  

ClavellBCMI: recombobulator: According to the article the explosion took place in a set of apartments that housed their headquarters.  I guess it's possible that they could have discovered explosives in the lawn or something, but it seems more likely that they brought something back.

It now seems that this appears to be the case.


Or, possibly, that they were storing modern explosives they intended to use to detonate munitions that they found. I dunno, so many bad ideas all around in the article, it seemed like a very poorly organized effort.
 
2020-09-20 9:09:13 PM  
"An Australian man and a British colleague working on a munitions mapping project in the Solomon Islands have been killed by an explosion"

Mission Accomplished, I guess...
 
2020-09-20 9:30:12 PM  

deadsanta: ClavellBCMI: recombobulator: According to the article the explosion took place in a set of apartments that housed their headquarters.  I guess it's possible that they could have discovered explosives in the lawn or something, but it seems more likely that they brought something back.

It now seems that this appears to be the case.

Or, possibly, that they were storing modern explosives they intended to use to detonate munitions that they found. I dunno, so many bad ideas all around in the article, it seemed like a very poorly organized effort.


Now it is a very well distributed effort.
 
2020-09-20 10:00:59 PM  

WelldeadLink: deadsanta: Or, possibly, that they were storing modern explosives they intended to use to detonate munitions that they found. I dunno, so many bad ideas all around in the article, it seemed like a very poorly organized effort.

Now it is a very well distributed effort.


You are a very bad person and a magnificent bastard.
 
2020-09-21 1:50:45 AM  

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search for 'tanuki police'.  the other relevant result was a bit too yifftastic to post


What, the actual fark, did I just watch?!
 
2020-09-21 7:11:11 AM  
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