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Soviet Warhead Found Inside Of Server Room

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posted on May, 21 2018 @ 10:17 AM

I am doing some air-condition maintenance in an small business office building. No one was in that server room for more than 2 months since the last IT guy left and apparently took the keys with him. AC gave up, found out there are no spare keys, had to break in and found this. Farewell present from a former employee maybe?

Soviet Warhead Found Inside Of Server Room

Browsing reddit when suddenly I stumble across the post. Situation is currently still active as of making this post.
This is quite the story if everything turns out to be true. What on earth is someone doing with a live Soviet warhead? Hell, what was the incentive in the first place?

The warhead in question is an AT-3 Sagger

The OP of the post has been keeping us updated:

Update #2: Owner has no idea what it is or how it got there, there is a millitary warehouse few kilometers away with defunct BVPs nad V3Ss. Calling cops.

Update #3: 14:30 CET Bomb squad is on the way, we are ordered to evacuate the building and leave the premises. Will update when they'll get here.

Update #4: 14:50 CET Bomb Squad in the bulding: Police want to confiscate our phones and stuff for pics maybe? Hope I am not in trouble for posting that pic.

Update #5: 15:03 CET Mobile phone confiscated, updating from notebook. We have been escorted maybe 2 kilometers away to some parking lot with police escort. We have to wait for a police interrogation. They are really not cool about it.

Update #6: 15:16 CET Just heard from police radio. It is a freaking active bomb, live explosive, not inert or whatever is the correct #ing wording for it in english.

Update #7: 15:32 CET Bomb squad will try to remove the device if it is not wired and transport it to some safer place, we are on our way to a police station. Some black vans with no registration plates on the scene, few military cars. It looks like a complete military lockdown. Crazy stuff...

OP Update

The poster is from Czech Republic
edit on 21-5-2018 by Kuroodo because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 10:25 AM
a reply to: Kuroodo

Things that make ya go.... boom!

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 10:26 AM
a reply to: Kuroodo

Sounds like a bomb ass place to work...

Too soon??

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 10:28 AM
a reply to: Kuroodo


Normally when you see something like that in an incongruous setting like this, its because its a deactivated device, with no live explosives of any kind, no detonator, and no primary explosive.

To see it in amongst those cables like that, just over on its side like that... I think one of the freakiest things is, that even though I knew what the image was of, what I was looking for, it took a moment for me to see the thing in the image for what it was, because I just could not believe it!

I have heard of UXBs on the beaches and near shore here in my town, heard them blowing them up in controlled explosions, seen a few... but I have never seen a UXB just sitting there, outside its landing zone, in a building no less... its highly disconcerting to think that someone could have been angry enough to smuggle the thing into the building!

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 10:35 AM
a reply to: Kuroodo

Yeah that is apparently a ground personnel-launched anti-tank missile.

From wiki:

The 9M14 Malyutka (Russian: Малютка; "Little one", NATO reporting name: AT-3 Sagger) is a manual command to line of sight (MCLOS) wire-guided anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system developed in the Soviet Union. It was the first man-portable anti-tank guided missile of the Soviet Union and is probably the most widely produced ATGM of all time—with Soviet production peaking at 25,000 missiles a year during the 1960s and 1970s. In addition, copies of the missile have been manufactured under various names by at least five countries.

Looks like that model was used extensively in 2 dozen conflicts, including wars in nearby Croatia and Chechnya, which is probably how it got lost.

Probably enough boom to level half the building.

Here is an example of that weapon in use against an armored vehicle in the Syrian conflict:

edit on 21-5-2018 by joeraynor because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 11:09 AM
"POP!" goes the weasel.
Luckily there was no harm.
Damn, man.

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 11:13 AM
a reply to: joeraynor

Sweet Jesus...

Its a good thing that it did not go off then!

How did it come to be in the building though? I mean, what, did someone bring it in for "Bring your heavily restricted ammunition to work day"?

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 11:19 AM
a reply to: Kuroodo

Whoa that is wild man! It almost seems as though a disgruntled employee put it there. And with that type of bomb I do not believe there had to be a firing mechanism just high heat. I could be wrong though.

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 11:27 AM
couple guys stole it from their base to sell maybe?

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 11:42 AM
a reply to: Kuroodo

It was active... jeeeeze. Phones confiscated, black vans without registration and military officials involved. This is a wild one!

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 11:43 AM
a reply to: TrueBrit

Actually a sagger warhead is one of the way better things it could be.

It's a secondish generation HEAT warhead (high explosive anti tank) which means it is HIGHLY DIRECTIONAL and designed to fire the copper liner like a multiple kilometers per second projectile which defeats armor through a hydrostatic penetration mechanism.

What this means in real world terms is that it's "efficiency" is determined by how little of the explosive energy it "wastes" doing anything but folding up and propelling the copper liner forward.

You could actually pop it in the server room and while the over pressure would mess things up in that room and you'd have something around a 30-70 millimeter hole in a wall and several walls behind it....

Realistically someone working In another part of the building would be safe.

The issue in a server room though is whether they have the detonation train wired into anything else, which could get bad really quickly.

Edit to add: Also in the recent Syria and Lebanon situation everyone and their dogs has been shopping for missiles ammo and etc for their proxies in the Balkans... All the old Warsaw pact era sagger factories got spun back up to provide the massive amounts of atgm we've seen being fired off in these places.

And the sagger is a perennial favorite for the simple fact that they are DIRT CHEAP compared to other ones, I've seen claims as low as $500 per missile (this is a reload without firing pedestal sites etc, just another missile)

To say the least, this has created a situation where they aren't exactly hard to come by in the Balkans right now.
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posted on May, 21 2018 @ 11:47 AM
I think someone needs a different career.

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 11:49 AM
a reply to: Allaroundyou

Totally wrong!

Malyutka's/saggers are military anti tank missiles that aren't even in a protective combination launch/storage container when in ready to use mode.

They're designed to resist high heat etc (not nearly as well as current insensitive munitions and propellants but still you need a very violent shift in temperature, preferably accompanied by a massive spike in atmospheric pressure, to set them off.

These things were literally designed to ride around on an open mount on top of the BMP main gun exposed to everything including incoming enemy fire etc.

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 11:51 AM
Sweet Baby jeezus! And I thought my potatoe cannon was way cool.

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 11:55 AM
a reply to: lakenheath24

I know right!

My 3d printed inert practice rifle grenades just seem kinda sad now lol

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 11:57 AM
a reply to: Kuroodo

In case there's an attack on our servers...BLOW THEM IN PLACE!

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 01:57 PM
Reddits Commenting Rules:

"Your post indicates you may possibly be in possession of unexploded ordnance (UXO).

If this is not the case, ignore the remainder of this message, your post has not been removed.

If you're unsure, the first thing to do is LEAVE IT ALONE. Do not shake it, attempt to open it, or disturb it at all.

Next step would be to contact the proper authorities. If you're unsure who that is, call your local police or emergency number for instructions.

Please followup with an outcome regarding what was done with the object.

To others who are not OP: Any suggestion in this thread to open, shake, etc - disturb the object in any way - will result in a permanent ban."

Lmao. Zeig Hail Reddit, Zeig Hail!
edit on 21-5-2018 by SR1TX because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 02:53 PM
a reply to: Kuroodo

I somehow get this feeling, somebody will need to do good deal of explaining for this ... And maybe, maybe, they thought this was a good prank, but somebody pranked them with a live unit ... Who knows. But its damn hilarious.

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 03:42 PM
a reply to: SR1TX

While I'm not a fan of overly authoritarian posting rules etc, I'm also very comfortable saying that telling someone to mess with UXO very clearly fits with the yelling fire in a crowded theatre restriction on the first amendment.

They'd be absolutely right to ban someone for such posts!

Trying to defuse a bomb right now AMA's are totally not cool

posted on May, 21 2018 @ 07:27 PM
Update, click the "OP Update" link in OP for source.

Update #8: 17:33 CET
Got my phone back, I have been through a police investigation about what I was doing in that place and so on. We have been thanked for acting like we did. It was an active anti tank missile, bomb squad was not authorized to manipulate with it, military bomb squad had to be called, it is beeing transported to a nerby military area where they are going to detonate it. I could get any more info about it being wired or how did it even get there but hopefully will be able to get some more info from an owner of that factory, will keep you updated. There is a strict embargo about it we can't talk to press or anybody so I hope this will be ok since I did not mention anything too specific.

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