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2022-08-05 7:08:48 AM  
Maybe it's  payback for Pearl Harbor.
 
2022-08-05 7:09:30 AM  
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2022-08-05 7:10:51 AM  

Hooferatheart: Maybe it's  payback for Pearl Harbor.


Germans?
 
2022-08-05 7:11:08 AM  
They were just celebrating the return of Oktoberfest
 
2022-08-05 7:11:57 AM  

Aar1012: Hooferatheart: Maybe it's  payback for Pearl Harbor.

Germans?


Forget it, he's rolling.
 
2022-08-05 7:12:23 AM  
Afghanistan laughs at their little problem.
 
2022-08-05 7:13:18 AM  
To be fair the Germans also handed out a lot of gifts
 
2022-08-05 7:18:02 AM  
Time to update the facility compliments of the insurance company...and clear some land for the factory expansion?

/ the fire started when a bag of Fritos corn chips fell behind the stove in the employee break room.
// luckily everyone had left for the day
/// security cameras had been disconnected to rewrite code just the day before
 
2022-08-05 7:37:20 AM  
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
 
2022-08-05 7:39:03 AM  
In a perfect world it would have been from a HIMARS strike on Sholtz
 
2022-08-05 7:41:00 AM  
There are men in this world, born long after both world wars concluded, who know the difference between WW1 and WW2 ordinances. They spend their days going to calls, identifying, digging, and securing. They don't talk about the wars. They talk about sports, their children, their gardens.
 
2022-08-05 7:42:19 AM  
This is the biggest Grunenwald bomb since Secrets of Dumbledore.
 
2022-08-05 7:54:19 AM  
"Questions are being asked about why the facility is in a forest prone to fires."

Because, Smart Guy, anywhere you store decades-old explosives tends to be prone to fires.

Let's see you come up with a better idea.
 
2022-08-05 8:00:14 AM  
What did Germany ever do to deserve this?
 
2022-08-05 8:00:27 AM  
(repeat from earlier thread many months ago)

FUN FACT - The US Navy keeps tech manuals on hand describing ordnance from the American Civil War and how to dispose of it.  This is for when some farmer or construction crew digs up an unexploded shell from a Union or Confederate cannon over 150 years later.
 
2022-08-05 8:08:30 AM  
What caused the pre-dawn explosion that sparked the Grunewald forest fire is under investigation.

I'll take, "What happens when dug up explosives aren't stored in a covered bunker out of direct sunlight or random accidental fires." for 1000 Alex.

1funguy: Time to update the facility compliments of the insurance company...and clear some land for the factory expansion?

/ the fire started when a bag of Fritos corn chips fell behind the stove in the employee break room.
// luckily everyone had left for the day
/// security cameras had been disconnected to rewrite code just the day before


Ok so i can buy that stuff behind a stove can cause a fire but if everyone was gone did they leave the stove on or was it a gas stove and the Fritos somehow become ignited by the pilot light? Do Fritos spontaneously combust when not watched? Are you being silly?
Enquiring minds want to know.
 
2022-08-05 8:10:03 AM  
It's hard to overstate how much ordinance we dropped on Germany.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/seventy-years-world-war-two-thousands-tons-unexploded-bombs-germany-180957680/

From that link:

Between 1940 and 1945, U.S. and British air forces dropped 2.7 million tons of bombs on Europe, half of that amount on Germany.


Even now, 70 years later, more than 2,000 tons of unexploded munitions are uncovered on German soil every year.
 
2022-08-05 8:16:36 AM  
It's not only WWII explosives, but also for example confiscated fireworks and modern explosives.

They get blown up twice a year (in spring / fall), and so far, storing stuff in an uninhabited part of Berlin with no neighbors was a pretty good solution.

/Berliner
 
2022-08-05 8:33:17 AM  

Diocletian's Last Cabbage: (repeat from earlier thread many months ago)

FUN FACT - The US Navy keeps tech manuals on hand describing ordnance from the American Civil War and how to dispose of it.  This is for when some farmer or construction crew digs up an unexploded shell from a Union or Confederate cannon over 150 years later.


It's really simple since they are so crude. As a metal detectorist I go on hunts to a lot of civil war era places with groups. Every time at least one person finds an old unexploded piece of ordinance. The police are notified and they have the bomb disposal guys come out and place a small charge on the old explosive. Since its already in a hole everyone backs up to a safe distance and gets a show as they blow it in place. Most are inert and dont explode due to age but when they do its a special treat. Of course once they give the all clear everyone hauls ass to the new crater and starts swinging metal detectors looking for anything that been uncovered.
Good times.
 
2022-08-05 8:59:32 AM  

Boudyro: It's hard to overstate how much ordinance we dropped on Germany.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/seventy-years-world-war-two-thousands-tons-unexploded-bombs-germany-180957680/

From that link:

Between 1940 and 1945, U.S. and British air forces dropped 2.7 million tons of bombs on Europe, half of that amount on Germany.


Even now, 70 years later, more than 2,000 tons of unexploded munitions are uncovered on German soil every year.


That's impressive. It reminds me of the four campers in Belgium I think. They made their campfire atop an unexploded 800-pound bomb. What a way to go.
 
2022-08-05 9:21:24 AM  

Ragin' Asian: Afghanistan laughs at their little problem.


France laughs at Afghanistan's little problem
 
2022-08-05 10:13:56 AM  

Diocletian's Last Cabbage: (repeat from earlier thread many months ago)

FUN FACT - The US Navy keeps tech manuals on hand describing ordnance from the American Civil War and how to dispose of it.  This is for when some farmer or construction crew digs up an unexploded shell from a Union or Confederate cannon over 150 years later.


Aquachigger says "hold your breath!"

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2022-08-05 10:17:29 AM  

Boudyro: It's hard to overstate how much ordinance we dropped on Germany.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/seventy-years-world-war-two-thousands-tons-unexploded-bombs-germany-180957680/

From that link:

Between 1940 and 1945, U.S. and British air forces dropped 2.7 million tons of bombs on Europe, half of that amount on Germany.


Even now, 70 years later, more than 2,000 tons of unexploded munitions are uncovered on German soil every year.


A former GF of mine lives in Hamburg, and they dig up a 500-pounder about once a week.  A very strong reminder to later generations of Germans that if you don't start nothing, won't be nothing.
 
2022-08-05 10:23:34 AM  

indy_kid: A former GF of mine lives in Hamburg, and they dig up a 500-pounder about once a week.  A very strong reminder to later generations of Germans that if you don't start nothing, won't be nothing.


They need that reminder again. Was just through there and while they may not wear MAGA hats or wave flags, the ethnic nationalism is a strong and very broad undercurrent there again.
They are simply not the Germans of 20 years ago, and no I don't know what happened.
 
2022-08-05 10:37:48 AM  
Those little green armored cars look like little Landmasters, all they need is the tri-wheel setup
 
2022-08-05 10:43:57 AM  

Netrngr: What caused the pre-dawn explosion that sparked the Grunewald forest fire is under investigation.

I'll take, "What happens when dug up explosives aren't stored in a covered bunker out of direct sunlight or random accidental fires." for 1000 Alex.

1funguy: Time to update the facility compliments of the insurance company...and clear some land for the factory expansion?

/ the fire started when a bag of Fritos corn chips fell behind the stove in the employee break room.
// luckily everyone had left for the day
/// security cameras had been disconnected to rewrite code just the day before

Ok so i can buy that stuff behind a stove can cause a fire but if everyone was gone did they leave the stove on or was it a gas stove and the Fritos somehow become ignited by the pilot light? Do Fritos spontaneously combust when not watched? Are you being silly?
Enquiring minds want to know.


That is all nonsense designed to make a point.

Insurance companies pay claims for stupidity, but will not pay for malicious intent or fraud.

So if the investigator says " ok, some dumbass must have dropped a bag of Fritos behind the stove, and the plastic, oil, and corn set the break room on fire"
it's a payday.

Unless some dumb bastard steps up and says "I did put Fritos behind there to start a fire. I learned this one trick that drives insurance investigators wild on the internet", the investigation can proceed to the check writing phase.

/ don't do arson
// your results may vary
/// investigators always look for Fritos bags.
 
2022-08-05 11:08:01 AM  

Eravior: "Questions are being asked about why the facility is in a forest prone to fires."

Because, Smart Guy, anywhere you store decades-old explosives tends to be prone to fires.

Let's see you come up with a better idea.


The use of the passive voice in the quote allowed them to omit that the question was being asked by stupid people.
 
2022-08-05 12:29:57 PM  
given the vast amount of bombs dropped on germany during WWII I expect more will keep being found for at least the next 50 years.
 
2022-08-05 12:37:20 PM  

Netrngr: Diocletian's Last Cabbage: (repeat from earlier thread many months ago)

FUN FACT - The US Navy keeps tech manuals on hand describing ordnance from the American Civil War and how to dispose of it.  This is for when some farmer or construction crew digs up an unexploded shell from a Union or Confederate cannon over 150 years later.

It's really simple since they are so crude. As a metal detectorist I go on hunts to a lot of civil war era places with groups. Every time at least one person finds an old unexploded piece of ordinance. The police are notified and they have the bomb disposal guys come out and place a small charge on the old explosive. Since its already in a hole everyone backs up to a safe distance and gets a show as they blow it in place. Most are inert and dont explode due to age but when they do its a special treat. Of course once they give the all clear everyone hauls ass to the new crater and starts swinging metal detectors looking for anything that been uncovered.
Good times.


It can also be an issue on Napoleonic battlefields.  Most of the cannons fired solid shot during that era, but if someone had brought some howitzers to the party, well:

An Archaeological Bombshell at Waterloo
Youtube Q2URE5Wxs3A
 
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