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Hunterdon Prosecutor: Artillery shell exploded while Delaware Township man was drilling it
nj.com/Independent Press ^ | April 26, 2012

Posted on 04/27/2012 5:10:26 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

DELAWARE TWP. — The device that exploded this morning, seriously injuring a 73-year-old man, was a 20 mm artillery shell.

That’s the word from Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III.

He said that John Grimm III was in his garage working on a project involving two artillery shells, possibly making a lamp.

He successfully drilled the necessary holes in one shell, but when he was drilling the second shell, it exploded, sending shrapnel into his arms, chest and groin, Kearns said.

He believes the shells were of World War II vintage.

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1 posted on 04/27/2012 5:10:34 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Drilling into shells might make them go boom. Wow, who knew?!?


2 posted on 04/27/2012 5:12:49 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Free ThinkerNY

umm drilling a 20mm “shell” doesn’t sound too smart


3 posted on 04/27/2012 5:13:19 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: bgill

And for my next trick, watch me saw this hand grenade in half!


4 posted on 04/27/2012 5:15:29 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most time a man'll tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear"--Open Range)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Are they sure he is 73? He should have grown up during the era of common sense.


5 posted on 04/27/2012 5:16:02 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life. - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
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To: bgill

20mm? What kind of pea shooter artillery uses a 20mm “shell?”


6 posted on 04/27/2012 5:16:49 PM PDT by Neanderthal
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To: Free ThinkerNY
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7 posted on 04/27/2012 5:17:25 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

8 posted on 04/27/2012 5:18:05 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Dude, what were you thinking?

Everyone knows you put it in a vise and pound it a few times with a hammer to see if it’s live.


9 posted on 04/27/2012 5:20:15 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Neanderthal

The ADA Vulcan Gun 20MM had an indirect fire capability, but would not call it “Artillery”.


10 posted on 04/27/2012 5:26:12 PM PDT by where's_the_Outrage?
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To: lurk

Know a wreck diver who did something similar - found a
live 4” shell on one of the wrecks.

Took it home to make it into a lamp - extracted warhead
and was left with case still full of powder

Dumped that then thinking what the hell hit primer with
a hammer

Left power burns all over wall........


11 posted on 04/27/2012 5:37:23 PM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: Neanderthal

It was most likely a 20 MM anti-aircraft fixed case and projectile. I am guessing he was drilling the case to pour the powder out. Dumb!

Gunner


12 posted on 04/27/2012 5:39:17 PM PDT by weps4ret (Republicans are suffering from Testicular Atrophy!!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Here’s your sign.........


13 posted on 04/27/2012 5:49:43 PM PDT by MachIV
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hold ma beer and watch this......


14 posted on 04/27/2012 6:06:07 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: weps4ret
I am guessing he was drilling the case to pour the powder out.

Note to self. If the cartridge is too large to fit into a kinetic puller, and they go up to 25mm

50 BMG Bullet Puller, collets available 4mm-25mmr

Then I don't need to take it apart that badly.

15 posted on 04/27/2012 6:08:45 PM PDT by Pilsner
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To: weps4ret
I am guessing he was drilling the case to pour the powder out.

Note to self. If the cartridge is too large to fit into a kinetic puller, and they go up to 25mm

50 BMG Bullet Puller, collets available 4mm-25mmr

Then I don't need to take it apart that badly.

16 posted on 04/27/2012 6:09:18 PM PDT by Pilsner
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Free ThinkerNY.
John Grimm III was in his garage working on a project involving two artillery shells, possibly making a lamp.

17 posted on 04/27/2012 6:13:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Can you really call 20mm artillery? I mean, doesn’t have to be like at least a 1 inch shell before you can use the word artillery?


18 posted on 04/27/2012 6:28:01 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Free ThinkerNY

>> possibly making a lamp.

It appears that he may have been successful in his lamp-making, if only for a few milliseconds.


19 posted on 04/27/2012 7:11:57 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Neanderthal
What kind of pea shooter artillery uses a 20mm “shell?”

From a school tour of the FBI that I did in ~1970, a bunch of gangsters acquired a 20mm anti-tank gun to use against armored cars in the 1930s. They were caught before they could use it.

20 posted on 04/27/2012 7:48:26 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Squantos

I hate when that happens.


21 posted on 04/27/2012 7:50:38 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Neanderthal

Some of the early model WWII tanks had 20 MM mounted on them. I believe that the German MK II had a 20 MM. It was the front line Tank for the Wehrmacht during the invasion of France, later to be replaced by the Mk III and Mk IV in 1940 and 1941. The Mk III had a 50 MM and the M IV had a 75 MM. The Mark IV was their best tank but the MK III was produced in greater numbers and was considered their main battle tank until the Panther and Tiger were produced late in the war. The main reason our M4 Sherman was so under gunned and thinly armored was because the early German tanks were not very heavily armed and in Africa the Sherman was a match for the Mk IV. It wasn’t until after D Day when we started running into the Panthers and Tigers did the inadequacy of the Sherman manifest itself.


22 posted on 04/27/2012 8:00:14 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Doogle

Thought I double posted, but turns out you are just slower than me. (but with better resolution.)


23 posted on 04/27/2012 8:23:42 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Calvin Locke

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot.
http://www.casttv.com/video/zj9f5fp/thunderbolt-and-lightfoot-michael-cimino-1974-theatrical-trailer-video


24 posted on 04/27/2012 8:56:17 PM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: Travis McGee

Heat shock an friction .....oh my !....:o)


25 posted on 04/28/2012 4:47:27 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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