Navy rocket ignites in Fort Myers scrap yard


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Drizzt
March 24, 2004, 11:31 PM
Navy rocket ignites in Fort Myers scrap yard

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Last updated: March 19, 2004 04:56 PM

LEE COUNTY, March 17, 2004— Army specialists say a device found in a Fort Myers salvage yard Tuesday afternoon was likely an old Navy missile. Officials with Patrick Air Force Base say workers were attempting to cut the rocket apart with a blow torch when it ignited and began racing around the scrap yard – with its high-explosive payload intact.

The incident happened at Garden Street Metal and Tool on Metro Parkway in Fort Myers.

"I turned around, I saw this thing shooting flames out the back," said Rob Weber.

Weber had no idea what he was dealing with.

"I felt all invincible with my crane holding it in place and not knowing what I had," said Weber.

What he had was a highly explosive Navy training missile.

"It was about eight feet in length approximately 8 inches in diameter," said Weber.

At first he thought it looked more like a keel on a boat - until it started shooting across his scrap yard.

"There was a puddle of water and I threw it in there thinking that might put it out but that just seemed to kick it into high gear it started shooting off like a rocket," said Weber.

After the device went off, workers called the police. Members of the Southwest Florida Regional Bomb Squad assessed the item and determined it was a military explosive. The US Military was then notified and members of the Army's 766th Explosive Ordnance Company came from Cape Canaveral to assess the device.

The owner said he's been in business since 1989 and said nothing like this has ever happened. He said he thought he knew where it came from.

"This thing was so oxidized and corroded and weathered that I believe it laid in a field somewhere for a long time and just got cleaned up with the scrap and brought in with the scrap," said Weber.

Garden Street receives scrap metal from all over.

"We service roll off containers, a lot of harvesting companies and old farms doing clean up," said Weber.

Weber still can't believe there was something in his junkyard that could've blown up.

"I feel damn lucky - I got my green on everyday. God looked out on us last night," said Weber.

The Army unit took the device to a remote area Wednesday morning and detonated the device. They say they're very lucky no one was hurt.


http://www.nbc-2.com/News/stories/040317-missile.shtml



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Kodiak AK
March 25, 2004, 01:02 AM
Lots of Bubbas down that way .:D

Don't Tread
March 25, 2004, 01:05 AM
"Lots of Bubbas down that way "

What do you mean by that????

inventory0297
March 25, 2004, 01:14 AM
Officials with Patrick Air Force Base say workers were attempting to cut the rocket apart with a blow torch when it ignited and began racing around the scrap yard – with its high-explosive payload intact.

Sounds like proper procedure to me :rolleyes: Some real class acts working in that yard.......

The_Antibubba
March 25, 2004, 02:04 AM
Hey-can you CCW those down there? :D

Preacherman
March 25, 2004, 05:42 AM
Update from that NBC Web site:
Update 03/18/04:
FDLE agents say a shrimp boat company told investigators they believe one of their boats netted the scrap piece of metal which turned out to be an old Navy rocket. The rocket ignited Tuesday as workers at a scrap yard tried to cut it apart. The FDLE released pictures of the device, which was detonated by Army explosives experts, on Thursday.
Quite a conniption fit in that yard, I should imagine! :what:

tc300mag1
March 25, 2004, 08:18 AM
Now come on we all have to admit since no one was hurt we really would like to see video of that :what: :evil:

cameroneod
March 25, 2004, 10:02 AM
Some friends of mine responded to that incident. They say that it didnt happen the way the article says it did, at all. Leave it to the media to blow something out of proportion.

griz
March 25, 2004, 10:55 AM
I don't know how it happened, but I know for sure I wouldn't want to be the torch operater who tries to burn open a rocket:what:

Boats
March 25, 2004, 12:15 PM
GO NAVY!
BEAT ARMY!;)

Mikul
March 25, 2004, 12:18 PM
Hey-can you CCW those down there?
If you can conceal an item "eight feet in length approximately 8 inches in diameter," you are a better man than me.

Preacherman
March 25, 2004, 12:21 PM
Thunderwear? :D

Atticus
March 25, 2004, 01:26 PM
"Lots of Bubbas down that way "

"What do you mean by that????"

quote:
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Update 03/18/04:
FDLE agents say a shrimp boat company told investigators they believe one of their boats netted the scrap piece of metal which turned out to be an old Navy rocket.

Bubba Gump obviously!! :D :D

Kodiak AK
March 25, 2004, 01:46 PM
Mikul quote:
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Hey-can you CCW those down there?
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If you can conceal an item "eight feet in length approximately 8 inches in diameter," you are a better man than me.

Nah just bigger.;)



And the bubba thing , well lets just say there is a high percentage of "Ya'll watch this." types down that way .

Don't Tread
March 25, 2004, 01:58 PM
There are some, but not as many as you would expect, I know, I live in a town close to Ft. Myers

kernal_panic
March 25, 2004, 02:56 PM
wow i hadn't heard about that. i live in north fort myers and work in fort myers. thats not the 1st time a shirmper here has found a missle. several years ago one pulled in an AIM-9 sidewinder. hey where do you live/shoot? i shoot in cecil webb.

El Tejon
March 25, 2004, 03:00 PM
"Honey, you wouldn't believe what happened at work today!":D

Hope our friends down yonder were wearing brown overalls!:D

Kodiak AK
March 25, 2004, 03:00 PM
I lived in Bradenton for 16 years . I moved down to Ft.Meyers for a few months with a buddy . I got tired of being called a "D*** Yankee."
Crazy Crackers down that way as far as I am concerned .:D

Don't Tread
March 25, 2004, 03:00 PM
I live in LaBelle

fix
March 25, 2004, 03:01 PM
several years ago one pulled in an AIM-9 sidewinder.

:what:

Mommy, can we keep it? :D

kernal_panic
March 25, 2004, 03:04 PM
Cool been to labelle and clewiston many times! i grew up in *gag* cape coral but currenttly live in Nort Fort Myers.let me know if you wanna get together for some shooting.

i like Smith and wesson's ar-15s and mil surp bolt guns.

TCD
March 25, 2004, 03:06 PM
lol I spent my spring break about 45 mins away from Ft Myers...


And there wasnt that many "Bubbas"


Allthough we did drive to a few places inland that looked bubbaish near Arcadia

Kodiak AK
March 25, 2004, 03:21 PM
Acadia . Heh . Yea they top Ft. Meyers by a lot on the Bubba scale .

TCD
March 25, 2004, 06:25 PM
although on the same token, I've seen a lot of places in Alaska that looked as Bubbaish as Arcadia ;)

Kodiak AK
March 25, 2004, 06:58 PM
Kodiak is one of them .Trust me .:o

artherd
March 26, 2004, 03:08 AM
Honestly, looking at the pics, how many of you can tell me you'd immediately say "Yep, missile" just by looking at it?

Now, what if your job is to cut up scrap steel ALL DAY, and you were tossed this?

:what:

Yeah, scary to ponder.

Kodiak AK
March 26, 2004, 11:46 AM
Pics?

WT
March 26, 2004, 01:24 PM
Navy did almost the same thing here in NJ. Send a truck full of scrap metal from an old hanger to a recycler. The recycler picked up the metal with a grapple. Inside was a 500# bomb that went off, killing the grapple operator.

Don't Tread
March 26, 2004, 02:17 PM
To see the Pics follow the links in the first post of this thread and within the story there are links to the pics

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