The Bomb That Didn't Go Off. Since September 11, 2001, we have finely honed our fear of the other. But the truth is, the overwhelming majority of our terrorism has always been homegrown. And it is times like these — times of anger and disaffection — when we turn on ourselves, and kill. [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty
on Jul 24, 2011 -
(TATP), also known as acetone peroxide, is the explosive of choice for Palestinian suicide bombers since it's easily made using commonly available materials. It was also part of the mixture in Richard Reid's shoe bomb
. It contains no nitrogen and is thus undetectable by commonly used methods such as NQR
, though an effort to cheaply
it shows promise. What I find most interesting is the way it detonates
; unlike most high explosives, it doesn't combust, but instead decomposes rapidly
to form acetone and ozone.
posted by vira
on Jun 22, 2005 -
While the tragedy of the bombing in Bali was bad enough, evidence
has surfaced that the bomb was incorrectly assembled, resulting in less than 1/3 of the device exploding (bare-bones link
). Experts using computer modelling have worked out the net explosive quantity of the vehicle bomb outside the Sari Club was between 150kg and 300kg – as opposed to a potential 1150kg and that the toll could have been in the thousands had the bomb exploded as planned.
posted by dg
on Oct 1, 2003 -
About 2, if not more blasts
rocked Mumbai on Monday afternoon. About 40 people are dead
, and numerous injured. The bombs were apparently placed in taxis, and the two confirmed explosion sites are the historic Gateway of India, a huge tourist spot and the Mumba Devi temple, after which the city get its name. The city has been prey to a string of deadly bomb attacks since December last year, with the most recent, on a bus, killing three in July, and suffered a simliar serial blast back on March 12th
posted by riffola
on Aug 25, 2003 -
Someone set us up the bomb. The Bomb Project is a comprehensive on-line compendium of nuclear-related links, imagery and documentation. It makes accessible the declassified files and graphic documentation produced by the nuclear industry itself, providing a context for comparative study, analysis and creativity. (courtesy of Bruce Sterling's Infinite Matrix)
posted by crunchland
on Nov 11, 2002 -
Valentine's Teddy Bear bomb warning
The FBI said a man, "possibly of Arab descent", bought 14 gas canisters, 12 packages of lead gun pellets and nine white Valentine teddy bears at Stevenson Ranch in California on January 15.
Please be careful.
posted by Tarrama
on Feb 13, 2002 -