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(CTV News)   "Uh, yeah, 911? This is the museum down the road, we've got a couple of WW2 artillery shells on display here and we're not sure if they're live. Can you help us?" 911larity ensues   ( ctvnews.ca) divider line
    More: Stupid, World War II, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, war-time shells, explosive disposal unit, st. john, Newfoundland museum, Police  
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2017-10-12 01:56:23 PM  
14 votes:
I guess I missed the hilarious part.
2017-10-12 02:23:02 PM  
10 votes:
Some WW2 shells were found, the authorities were called, and it was dealt with...classic Fark-worthy story!

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2017-10-12 02:24:30 PM  
8 votes:
The headline was longer than the story...
2017-10-12 02:23:24 PM  
8 votes:
Well that headline bombed.
2017-10-12 02:26:08 PM  
7 votes:
That article was 4 sentences. And contained absolutely no information. Like Why did the museum call? Did someone bring them in to be put on display? Have they been an exhibit in the museum for years and suddenly someone thought they might be live? This comment is longer than the actual article.
2017-10-12 03:10:37 PM  
3 votes:

ds615: DNRTFA
I just assume the cops showed up in a tank, killed everyone in a two block radius, and burned the place down.
I also assume the article tells me where I can make donations to help the officers deal with the trauma they suffered.


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2017-10-12 06:11:36 PM  
2 votes:

R.O.U.S: You'd think this would be relatively simple to figure out. Get a scale and look up the specs for how heavy a shell full of explosive should be. If it's lighter than that, no problem.


Even easier, check for indentations at the bottom if it is a QF type of shell (indentations indicate it has already been fired).  Check for holes in the propellant casing or shell (indicating that the explosive-containing part was drilled open, and the entire thing was submerged in water to dissolve the explosives). Check to see if the penetrator/shell part is loosely attached to the propellant casing (if loose, it had already been disabled, because fresh-from-the-factory is snug).   Check for any unsmooth crimping around the point where the penetrator/shell is attached to the propellant casing (again, indicating that it was disassembled and disabled).
2017-10-12 02:56:43 PM  
2 votes:
DNRTFA
I just assume the cops showed up in a tank, killed everyone in a two block radius, and burned the place down.
I also assume the article tells me where I can make donations to help the officers deal with the trauma they suffered.
2017-10-12 06:27:01 PM  
1 vote:

Shryke: rebelyell2006: R.O.U.S: You'd think this would be relatively simple to figure out. Get a scale and look up the specs for how heavy a shell full of explosive should be. If it's lighter than that, no problem.

Even easier, check for indentations at the bottom if it is a QF type of shell (indentations indicate it has already been fired).  Check for holes in the propellant casing or shell (indicating that the explosive-containing part was drilled open, and the entire thing was submerged in water to dissolve the explosives). Check to see if the penetrator/shell part is loosely attached to the propellant casing (if loose, it had already been disabled, because fresh-from-the-factory is snug).   Check for any unsmooth crimping around the point where the penetrator/shell is attached to the propellant casing (again, indicating that it was disassembled and disabled).

Just let a group of 12 year old boys play with it. If it has explosive/combustable potential greater than a wet rock, they will discover and exploit it within 3 minutes.


Just make sure you get their admission payments before hand and have their parents sign away any rights to sue you.
2017-10-12 03:17:28 PM  
1 vote:

ds615: DNRTFA
I just assume the cops showed up in a tank, killed everyone in a two block radius, and burned the place down.
I also assume the article tells me where I can make donations to help the officers deal with the trauma they suffered.


Assuming the weight hasn't changed over time due to rusting or other things. And that it doesn't have a filling to match the weight of the explosive.

When dealing with explosive devices, I am happy to be over cautious.
2017-10-12 03:01:15 PM  
1 vote:

ds615: DNRTFA
I just assume the cops showed up in a tank, killed everyone in a two block radius, and burned the place down.
I also assume the article tells me where I can make donations to help the officers deal with the trauma they suffered.


No. This didn't happen in the US.
2017-10-12 02:43:28 PM  
1 vote:
I can understand people's apprehension about having live ordnance around, but is there any cases where a live shell has just exploded while sitting in a room? I mean these things were designed to be transported and handled. Do primers just decay and randomly activate?
2017-10-12 02:39:14 PM  
1 vote:
You'd think this would be relatively simple to figure out. Get a scale and look up the specs for how heavy a shell full of explosive should be. If it's lighter than that, no problem.
2017-10-12 02:26:19 PM  
1 vote:
Those wacky Canadians and their harebrained antics. Keep up the good work!
 
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