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February 24, 2010


(Thanks to Horace LaBadie)


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And this is how he got to school.

More explosives in school.

Well, if you're a chem major in college.

I think NurseCindy would like that blog.

More: Questions You Don't Necessarily Want the Answers To . . . and Things I Won't Work With: Cyanogen Azide

"There were scattered reports of the compound in the older German and French literature, but since these referred to the isolation of crystalline compounds which did not necessarily blow the lab windows out, they were clearly mistaken. "

Wiredog, you geek, you.

*Poof from FOOF*

Boys will be boys. At least until there's a loud Boom and they aren't, anymore.

"He is back in the care of his family, with police inquiries continuing as to why the child thought it was a good idea to bring it to school."

Oh, come on. Like you don't remember being a middle-school-aged boy and thinking that stuff was cooler than cool? How about asking HIS PARENTS why they thought it was OK to LET him take it to school??

dawg, I was a chem major in college. I've since forgotten most of it though. That may be a good thing.

I sent this link to the blog earlier today.


Key quote:
"I just didn't think it was a good idea to have ancient munitions in your basement," he told KTLA.

Thanks wiredog. My brain exploded trying to read that article. If they're going to print stuff like that they should put a picture of a man in a kilt next to it.
The child thought it was a good idea because he is a child. A male child. They probably bought it at a flea market.

...finding the grenade to be missing its detonator. ...where the weapon came from...

If it's missing the detonator, isn't it just an interrestingly-shaped piece of metal and NOT a weapon?

chemgeek question: shouldn't FOOF be named as a peroxide?

*if this ends up posting twice, I apologize*

As more and more WWII and Korea vets are downsizing homes, more and more relics are showing up. One of the features for returning soldiers from the first Gulf War was the Amnesty Barrel. Anything that was turned in to the Barrel (or placed alongside if it didn't fit inside) would not be charged to the soldier as theft or other charges.

Sometimes the vets haven't told family members about war booty that found its way into a basement. Lugers were showing up pretty regularly for awhile. Old artillery shells are in a lot of homes as keepsakes or doorstops.

NMU, I have actually seen some of these at flea markets. Turning a hand grenade into a cigarette lighter seems to have been popular at some point. I've also seen the doorstops.

Day was, you could buy grenades, sans detonators and explosives, at an Army surplus store.

I took a handgrenade for Show & Tell when I was a kid, Dad had a dud one. Of course, that was in the 60s when it happened. Before teachers thought the kids were trying to blow up the school.
My, how things have changed.

"Police are talking to a Taupo boy and his family after the child brought a grenade to his intermediate school, sparking its evacuation."

Well of course the'd need to evacuate a granade.

What happens if you bring Grenada for show and tell ?

Bonmot, you can still find grenade bodies like the one the kid took to school - without detonators and blasting caps - at surplus stores and gun shows. It's only recently that people have started having conniptions about stuff like that...

As a high school student back in those dim, dead days of the 1980s, I actually made a small thermite charge as part of a (supervised) experiment in science class, and nobody thought I was an up-and-coming terrorist.

Some of the projects my fellow students were working on in shop class were things like black-powder muzzleloading rifles and pistols (assembled from kits) and, for one student taking a handicrafts course, a gunbelt and holster for his father's Ruger Blackhawk.

Mind you, I grew up in a semirural Missouri town, where interest in firearms and other things that might go "boom" weren't considered out of the ordinary. Still, I doubt a lot of the things I and my classmates did in school would be tolerated today, even in my hometown...

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