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speakhyroglyphically t1_jbmwocl wrote

It seems to me that the vehicle was not designed for purposeful detonation but just for safely transporting a dangerous device away from a populated area.


Jeep_Stuff t1_jbmys60 wrote

It was designed to handle up to about 25 pounds of explosives according to the doc. They put 45 pounds in it and it did not contain the explosion.


jeffersonairmattress t1_jbn7roy wrote

I thought these carriers were basically a funnel that directed blasts straight up. But they mention “close the hatch;” I wonder if they amplified the destruction by using the giant pressure vessel they created.

Nobody asked “25 pounds of what?”

25 pounds of black powder is different from 25 pounds of TNT which itself pales in comparison to C4. These jackasses glanced at some box labels, figured everything was as powder-dense as ladyfingers and ALSO went way over design capacity for THAT assumption; idiot arrogance likely causing some senior nitwit to assume “these things are always over-designed because they think we’re idiots- let’s prove what this baby can really handle.”


WatchDogx t1_jbo5pff wrote

Black powder is about 55% the power of TNT, C4 about 134% the power of TNT.

TNT and C4 have much higher velocities, but black powder actually has a higher density than either of them.


zendick1 t1_jboh4t4 wrote

25lbs of TNT or equivilent that is how explosives are measured.

So say for C4 it would be rated for 18.51lbs. For BP it for be ~45.45lbs which they probably assumed since that is what they loaded. The 25 LBS is the rated MAX (though it probably has some designed in overages. But it wasn't BP and they didn't add in the detcord and other triggering explosives.


KamovInOnUp t1_jbn6uj5 wrote

I'm fairly certain that's what all of these vehicles are designed for. There's no reason to blast something in a closed vessel on-site if we know it can be safely transported


gleep23 t1_jbn9dst wrote

The products are safely stored in packaging and wrapped up. They are moving them around on forklifts. It should have been transported to a safe disposal location.


BoredCop t1_jbngd4b wrote

They are designed to allow safe blasting on site, if the materials would not be safe to transport. Or, to allow safe transport of otherwise unsafe materials.

But yes, if the fireworks were known safe then transporting tem would be the best option. And if they were not known safe, then controlled detonation in smaller amounts per blast would have been perfect. Just filling it up until there wasn't room for more was the moronic part.