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Getting Rid of Explosives in Iraq

Posted April 17, 2007 8:27 a.m. EDT
Updated April 17, 2007 3:21 p.m. EDT

This video is from  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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