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Originally posted by steshift1981
I studied NBC warfare when I was in the army in 97 and the one thing you would have from a Tactical weapon would be light lots of light that sets fires upto 13km away (depending on KT/MT size) so you would have eye casualtys and terrible burn victims.
Lets see if they turn up or any independent science organisations report increase in radiation readings.
More than 4,000 tons of shells exploded near a military testing ground some 40 kilometers from the city of Orenburg in Central Russia, prompting the mass evacuation of two nearby towns. Those 4,000 tons included 1,379 tons of 100mm shells, 400 tons of air bombs and 2,300 tons of 280mm reactive shells, the head of the military investigative committee announced.
Originally posted by rickymouse
reply to post by randyvs
I don't want to steer someones perception with an article like this, I want to observe others perception. I am not a very good thread writer I guess although I can comment well sometimes. I get off topic a lot because I look at things in an array pattern, tying seemingly unrelated events to things that are happening. I see that there were many unused explosives that were never used and wonder if they would still work properly if needed.
The USA used much of their old explosives in in the Gulf war and got reimbursed from other countries to offset the costs of these weapons. The replacement cost to the USA was very high though, leading to a lot of national debt. I guess there are a lot of reasons for conflicts and wars that we do not take into consideration. The use them or loose them problem
Controversy surrounding the explosions
Initial reports suggested that a fire at the facility’s loading dock set off shells stored on a train for disposal.
That statement was later disputed by the Press Service of Russia’s Defense Ministry, which claimed that no one was injured or went missing in the incident.
The ministry also denied that a train loaded with shells was at the testing range, saying only three shells exploded. It was later revealed that over 4,000 tons of shells detonated.
Local authorities later suspected a breach of safety regulations could have caused the explosions.
A local hospital first reported that four people were injured in the blast, and said they expected the number of injuries to increase. However, the deputy chief doctor later denied that the hospital had accepted any patients in connection with the incident.
Local resident Oksana Kovarnitskih told RT that many emergency vehicles were seen arriving at the scene of the blast and returning to a nearby hospital, presumably carrying people injured in the incident. Kovarnitskih had not heard any official confirmation of the injuries, though.
“We were 50 kilometers away from the explosion, it was really loud, our ceiling shook and some of the tiles came down,” she said. “No more explosions are heard right now but smoke is all over, we are not sure what is going on.”
Anxious comments about the aftermath of the explosions circulated on the Internet. Dunguz resident Valentina Aramova said the explosions were so powerful that some trees fell, the local Orenburg ‘56-media’ website reported.
“At the local market the trading stalls folded up like playing cards,” she said. “Children are being evacuated from kindergartens and schools. Everyone is being asked to go far into the steppe. The whole of Dunguz is in plumes of black smoke.”
The local Health Ministry reported that no one was injured and hospitalized in the explosions. The main nearby hospital also told RT that they had not received any injured people.
At the same time, local emergency services report that one officer has been hospitalized after he was found during the cleanup operation.