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   xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Oct 12 09:39 PM

Oct 13th, 2016: Old Balls

Hurricane Mathew beat the southern coastline pretty good. In some places it destroyed things and in others it uncovered things. In Folly Beach South Carolina it uncovered a stash of Civil War Cannon balls.



Great souvenirs, eh? Nope, they blew them up.

Quote:
A cluster of Civil-War era artillery churned up from the sands of Folly Beach in South Carolina by Hurricane Matthew was safely detonated on Sunday evening. The 16 corroded cannonballs were found Sunday morning on the beach at East Ashley Avenue by former Folly Beach mayor Richard Beck who was walking the shoreline taking pictures of the wreckage Matthew left behind.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and Charleston police bomb squad were on the scene by 12:30, but couldn’t do anything until the tide was out. At around 7:00 PM, with the help of the United States Air Force Explosive Ordnance Team, authorities were able to safely detonate the cannonballs. While it’s unlikely the black powder inside of them would have ignited given their age, condition and sodden environment, as a matter of public safety, the policy is to avoid all risks and destroy the ordnance.
Spoilsports.

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blueboy56  Thursday Oct 13 01:20 PM

Pardon me, but those things look more like coprolites than fossilized cannon balls.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Oct 13 01:23 PM

No shit.



glatt  Thursday Oct 13 02:04 PM




Diaphone Jim  Thursday Oct 13 03:48 PM

When do Civil War cannonballs stop being 'ordinance" and just become iron deposits?



Gravdigr  Thursday Oct 13 03:54 PM

After being blown to smithereens by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team.



limey  Thursday Oct 13 06:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
After being blown to smithereens by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team.


Haggis!


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Carruthers  Friday Oct 14 05:20 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
After being blown to smithereens by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team.
Quote:
Originally Posted by limey View Post
Haggis!
It can only be a matter of time before the EOD chaps are brought in to dispose of an unexploded haggis.

Meanwhile in London, they are gathering valuable experience by blowing up sandwiches.

Quote:
A bomb squad blew up a pesto sandwich after being called to investigate a suspicious package at London Bridge.

Officers closed off a busy high street on Sunday afternoon after a brown bag was discovered at a bus stop close to The Shard and London Bridge train station.

After an investigation, police decided to execute a controlled explosion on the package, which splattered pesto and bread across shop windows.
Attachment 58159

Nothing to see here. Move along please.

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glatt  Friday Oct 14 09:03 AM

Did they use a fire cracker to blow it up? Seems fairly unimpressive, the damage to the sandwich.



Carruthers  Friday Oct 14 09:53 AM

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Originally Posted by glatt View Post
Did they use a fire cracker to blow it up? Seems fairly unimpressive, the damage to the sandwich.
I suppose that the art of the controlled explosion is to use as much force as is necessary to render a potential device safe, but not enough to set off a chain reaction.

All the same, as you say, it's not very impressive, is it?


xoxoxoBruce  Friday Oct 14 10:33 AM

The terrorists have won.



lumberjim  Friday Oct 14 10:41 AM

I want to hear that the sandwich owner sees the article, and demands recompense from the po po



Diaphone Jim  Friday Oct 14 11:56 AM

A pesto sandwich on white bread should come with an explosive device.



Gravdigr  Friday Oct 14 01:27 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Diaphone Jim View Post
A pesto sandwich on white bread should come with an explosive device.
If I ate it would be a an explosive device.


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