Before now poetry has taken notice
Of wars, and what are wars but politics
Transformed from chronic to acute and bloody?
from "Build Soil"
Robert Frost

Friday, August 01, 2008

About that demo...

Just a quick note here-

We accidentally sent a shaped charge skipping the other day in similar fashion to what I had described. Seriously... we didn't mean to. We had set up two shots of three shaped charges each, and one of the six charges misfired. Normally, a shaped charge is set up on a metal tripod, pointing downwards to punch a hole into the ground that will be filled with another charge for cratering. The standoff from the ground is required in order for the shaped explosion to fully form. When the one shaped charge misfired, the tripod was blasted away by the concussion from the other five charges, and the misfired charge was left lying on the ground. When we cleared the charge, we simply detonated it where it lay on the ground, for safety. The blast sent a plasma ball skipping across a tinder-dry grassy meadow and up a ridgeline into a stand of trees and high brush, leaving a line of small but quickly growing fires in its wake. The base wildfire unit put out the fire on the ridge, and we just waited for the fires on the valley floor to die down before continuing to blast California sky-high.

7 comments:

  1. See my "grazing shot" comment 2 days ago. Heh. Sounds like a great way to spread FUD in the enemy, actually!

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  2. Was it as cool looking as you thought it would be?

    You know, besides the fires and stuff...

    On a related note, I think we know why the older folks specificly stated "desert"...

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  3. Oops. Well "stuff" happens...as I'm sure you know.

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  4. I check in here pretty much daily and what a great surprise to see you posting again and having fun blowing up stuff.

    MY first thought was the same as Angry White Guy: Sounds a lot like 'Crete-Put'to me. Hee Hee.

    Thanks.

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  6. Anonymous1/3/09 20:32

    shhh lets keep this quit, sfc sessions!

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