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Getting Rid of Explosives in Iraq

Posted April 17, 2007

This video is from Liveleak.com.  It shows civilian EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) contractors in Iraq doing what they do best -- getting rid of explosives with a spectacular detonation.  This batch is around 100 tons ("a light load for us," the guy says at the beginning of the video).

The shockwave crossing the desert sand is amazing to see.  You can also hear the shrapnel whizzing through the air long after the initial blast.

UPDATE:  I found an interesting article in USA Today about the work that bomb-disposal specialists do in Iraq.  The article is a couple of years old, and it describes a severe shortage in experienced bomb-disposal specialists.  It's dangerous, grueling, unique work.

Another article from the same period talks about contractors' work in Iraq.  USA Today reports:

"Experienced military explosives specialists can earn $250,000 a year or more working for the private companies. In the military, an enlisted man with 10 years' experience can make more than $46,000. "

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  • Brian Shrader Apr 17, 2007

    I found a collection of links for people interested in learning more about depleted uranium and the controversy surrounding it.

    CBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/08/12/ap/national/mainD8JF4FR80.shtml

    BBC:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/europe/2001/depleted_uranium/default.stm

  • bw23 Apr 17, 2007

    Brian Shrader - Did you happen to stumble upon the "Tank Grave Yard" that contains the remains of equipment destroyed in the 91 war and the current one? Did anyone tell you about the use of uranium laced weapons and how the Iraqi civilians are collecting scrap metal from the area and that their lives are in danger? What about the fact that those radioactive laced weapons left out in the open field have a half life of over 4 billion years? Scary huh? I wouldn't set foot on Iraqi soil because of this.

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