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Originally posted by beckybecky
just heard a another soldier got blown up defusing a bomb.
just shoot it.
the number of people getting blown up is just ridiculous
some people trying to be brave but very stupid and ending up dead stupid.
anyone know why these people defusing bombs?
Originally posted by BomSquad
The most prefered render safe procedure is called "BIP" or Blow In Place.
If it were feasible for the EOD tech to "just blow it up" believe me, he would have. Sometimes it is not feasible because of surrounding people, places or things. Sometimes it is not feasible because of the need of intellengence on the bomb's design. Bomb makers usually will have some sort of signature to their handywork. This sometimes leads to their apprehension or it may lead to more effective methods of defusing their bombs in the future.
Also, many of these IEDs are made from dud or unspent ordnance such as aerial bombs or artillery shells, making them a significant threat to the surrounding area. We are not talking about an insignificant amount of explosives.
No EOD tech wants to become the proverbial "fine pink mist" in the course of his duties. Believe me, they are not in the habit of taking UNNECCESSARY risks, but sometimes risks are neccessary.
Someone mentioned the bomb suits.... They are protective up to a point. They are also a hinderance in many cases as well. Some believe that if you are close enough that the bomb suit will protect you from the fragmentation, you are also close enough that the blast can do major harm. They make it hard to get close to the device and get a good look at it without becoming awkward and top heavy.
Sometimes, no matter how many precautions are taken, bad things happen. Some bombs are specifically designed to kill people trying to disarm them.
The sheer hatred and ignorance portrayed in this thread in regards to EOD techs, their methodology and philosophy is totally mind boggling.
I know I am just feeding the troll, but I could not resist trying to help lend some kind of sanity to the thread.
Originally posted by ALLis0NE
The real question is why don't they use robots that can defuse them from a distance?
Seems more logical.
In summary: The government-mandated addition of chemical "taggants" to gunpowder and explosives has often been proposed in the U.S. as a legislative strategy for combatting terrorist bombings, by giving such potential bombmaking materials a unique chemical "signature" which could provide investigators additional clues to work from in identifying bombing suspects.
Originally posted by Berserker01
reply to post by davesidious
If that was the case then they would inspect all of them with a robot instead of doing an on site detonation for the ones that do not pose a threat to buildings or personnel.
These aren't sophisticated bombs. They are thrown together for the most part. They are made with materials at hand, which would mean getting a signature almost impossible. A guy making the bombs may have certain materials one day and the next have to use completely differant materials. One day he may have access to materials to make a remote detonated IED and the next he might have one that is on a timer. He may have C4 one day and the next nothing more then a bag of nails.
Where as a guy like the unabomber would have the same materials for every bomb he made, which would make getting a signature more probable.