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2020-09-20 6:08:20 PM  
15 votes:

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 7:08:22 PM  
7 votes:
Don't poke at it, even if you think it is 5 million years old.

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2020-09-20 6:25:37 PM  
7 votes:

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 6:18:54 PM  
6 votes:

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 6:14:27 PM  
6 votes:

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 6:01:39 PM  
5 votes:

Bennie Crabtree: haha lol


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2020-09-20 7:06:24 PM  
4 votes:

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 6:32:33 PM  
3 votes:
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 5:53:27 PM  
3 votes:

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).
 
2020-09-21 7:11:11 AM  
2 votes:
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2020-09-20 9:30:12 PM  
2 votes:

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 8:21:52 PM  
2 votes:

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 8:07:24 PM  
2 votes:
I heard that Nitrogen based explosives crystalise with age.  This makes them very much more sensitive.
 
2020-09-20 7:17:58 PM  
2 votes:

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 6:17:26 PM  
2 votes:

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


Indeed.
 
2020-09-20 6:09:44 PM  
2 votes:

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 6:02:00 PM  
2 votes:
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Found'em.
 
2020-09-20 5:57:33 PM  
2 votes:

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 5:49:47 PM  
2 votes:
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Wish me luck - till I see - you again!
 
2020-09-20 5:42:41 PM  
2 votes:
It sounds like these were EOD guys but the article sure isn't clear!
 
2020-09-20 7:05:28 PM  
1 vote:
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 6:40:01 PM  
1 vote:
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2020-09-20 6:38:24 PM  
1 vote:
This is why I don't throw away expired medicine.
 
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2020-09-20 3:58:47 PM  
1 vote:
Residences should not be stored in bomb disposal areas.
 
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