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Civil War UXO kills collector

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Thin Black Line, May 3, 2008.

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  1. Thin Black Line

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    http://www.newsobserver.com/nation_world/story/1059282.html

     
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    As an EOD/UXO guy with well over 40 years military and civilian experience I can tell you that this guy was nuts. He endangered the lives of his neighbors and relatives. No one in his/her right mind drills into a piece of live civil war explosive ordnance while standing over it.

    White was not "restoring" civil war explosive ordnance: Rather he was inerting it. He also had a very lucrative business selling the stuff.
     
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    Wonder what he looked like afterwards. I mean what percentage effectiveness the shell had after that long. Professional curiosity.
     
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    Reminds me of the cartoon with Bugs Bunny hitting the tips of shells in a factory and when they didn't explode, writing DUD on the sides.
     
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    When I saw the original title for the article I imagined a cannon ball rolling
    off a book shelf and hitting someone on the head. When I read "exploded"
    I wondered if this was now the oldest on record?

    Makes me think twice about taking a humanitarian mission into the hills
    of Nicaragua next year...
     
  6. El Tejon

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    I bet it went something like . . . "Hey, Jasper, hold this here beer and let me show ya somethin'".:rolleyes:

    Avid reader? Really? Apparently Bobby Lee Banjo didn't read the right things such as how dangerous unexploded munitions are.:uhoh:
     
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    Does he qualify as the last casualty of the civil war?
     
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    Naw, just the latest casualty.
     
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    I'm originally from Virginia. Every couple of years you read about someone trying to inert a Civil War shell and it explodes. A collector friend of mine always submerged the shells in a bucket of water to neutralize any sparks caused by the drill bit.
     
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    Darn Yankee Sailors.......

    If you have UXO you should NEVER try to disarm it yourself that is what EOD's are for this still happens over in Europe where people will step on old landmines (WW2 commonly rare cases of WW1 stuff) and get seroiusly wounded if not killed.
     
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    Why, oh why did you guys print this?

    Now bubbas from Wisconsin are going to be jealous of your bubbas, and they're going to migrate to your area for unexploded ordnance.

    And then along Labor Day weekend, my peaceful bliss is going to be shattered as one by one, trailor parks in my area start exploding.

    Thanks...
     
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    There have been mustard gas shells dredged up out of the Atlantic off of Maryland or NJ. There are tons of shells on the bottom from NC on up the coast. And barrels, some radioactive supposedly.

    Let me see...okay...

    http://64.233.169.104/search?q=cach...hells+found+in+house&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us

    2005

    "Homeowners have been finding military ordnance in their clamshell driveways in Delaware and Maryland for the last year.

    So far, 318 pieces of ordnance have been recovered.

    A clam dredging operation pulled them up about 20 miles off New Jersey. The clamshells were chopped up and widely distributed for cheap driveway fill throughout the Delmarva Peninsula.

    One piece found in a driveway in the summer of 2004 was a 75 mm artillery shell from World War I, filled with mustard gas in solid form."
     
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    there has been an ongoing issue down in orlando about old munitions... it seems that someone thought it would be a brilliant idea to build a neighborhood and a middle school within a few hundred yards of the land that was used as a bombing range by aircraft out of McCoy AFB in the 1940s through the 1960s

    http://www.local6.com/news/14992012/detail.html
     
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