Skip to comments.Several Explosives Found in Huntington Harbor (OC, CA)
Posted on 01/11/2006 11:34:51 AM PST by Yaelle
I just heard this on the news. They did say several explosives have been found in Huntington Harbor. For those that don't know the location in Orange County, CA, I will say that it's very close to a large Naval Base.
Anyone heard anything more? I googled it and found no info.
bump and ping
ping, heard anything about this?
Keep us posted!!
Is it near Seal Beach Weapons Station?
Still nothing online. Weird. I really did not imagine it. They did say FOUND and SEVERAL, which really perked up my ears.
Yes, very. I am getting really curious about this.
The story is that it was a couple of blasting caps. Not a big deal, except that I have to wonder why they were there and how they were found.
For those who don't know- a blasting cap is basically a professional-grade firecracker, and is used to set off larger charges.
The base you refer to is the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station and is not a base where ships are docked or stationed for long periods of time.
Weapons is the keyword.
Long Beach Naval Shipyard is about 10-15 miles north
I would think all those LA news station choppers would be on the story ASAP.
Won't be covered today. The MSM will be too busy digging dirt about conservative clubs at Prineton 30 years ago.
We will have to wait for the top of the hour, I guess. This reminds me of the story that a plane was shot at over LAX, and even the radar showed it up, but it never became a story for the MSM.
Just long enough to load up a few nuclear equiped cruise missles........
Turned out to be just a partially-submerged upside-down Oldsmobile. Move along.
Didn't the Chinese try to take over a port facility there within the past few years?
Yes, we tried really hard to find out more info on that and the story just disappeared.
Someone mentioned another laser incident at LAX the other day as well.
Many odd happenings going on that we can't figure out. At least we're not completely naive as everyone was before 9-11. Closer scrutiny is warranted these days on odd stories.
There's a story linked in post #11.
Blasting caps, if I'm not mistaken. Unusual, but not unheard of. I found a whole box of them when I was 14, hiking around the hills near my home. There was a mine up there that had been open in the late 40's and these were left behind.
Lucky for me I had seen something about blasting caps on the TV, so I left them there and told my dad. He called the county sheriffs, who blew them up on site.
Thanks. They really made it sound more ominous on the radio, even as they breezed past it. Could have been from someone's NYE celebration, I guess.
Seal Beach Weapons Depot....missle cruisers come in and deposit their nuclear weapons prior to going to port.
Long Beach Shipyard has been gone a long time now.
They're probably following some damn car chase instead.
That's because it's the media, who can't tell a squib from a SADM. :-)
I suspect that there may be more to the story though. In the pic, they're sending down divers. Divers, to recover blasting caps? Maybe to see if there's something else down there? More info needed.
Odd happenings are routine and have always gone on; however, you're simply HEARING about more of them because there's now a cadre of people on the internet LOOKING for them and very quickly spreading word of them, something that wasn't happening much before 9/11 and wasn't happening at all before the internet.
At least on the East Coast, at the end of World War II, a lot of naval ships simply dumped huge amounts of ammo, explosives, etc. overboard, in many cases quite close to the beach.
No idea if that happened on the West Coast (and of course it gets a lot deeper faster offshore there.)
But off Delaware a coastal resort replenished its beach by pumping sand from a couple miles offshore. The sand turned out to be filled with live 40mm AAA rounds, and they started turning up left and right.
This Thread is all over the place:
Missles over LAX
Chinese (Cosco) taking over L.A. Harbor
How about we stay on topic. Blasting Caps found in HH. OK! What else?
Huntington Harbor main channel with Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station in background
Blasting caps are usually made with a thin aluminum casing. Any that had been in the ocean for sixty years would have likely corroded into nonexistance by now. They're small things- a little larger than the cap off a ball point pen.
LBNS got cut in 1996. Coincidentally enough, they don't have a toll on the Vincent Thomas Bridge anymore.
Several small explosive devices have been found in the waters of Huntington Harbor near Bonaire Circle, and various law enforcement agencies with divers are on the scene trying to remove them.
Reportedly, two blasting caps were found by a Harbor Association diver, and the caps are "very unstable in salt water."
Check back for more. We will update this story as more details become available.
Several pounds? Several types? Several what?
The story so far is that two blasting caps were found. By itself, that is not a big deal.
Sorry, I missed the "blasting caps" description. Emily Litella moment.
Left over from some fishermen visiting from Loiusiana?
'Hercules Spinners'. < grin >
Besides holding one between your fingers and detonating it with a battery the most dangerous thing about blasting caps as toys is the shrapnel created when it's aluminum case explodes.
Some good old boy contractors I know were dangling them off the porch and blowing them up one New Year's Eve and one guy got cut just below the eye with a piece of metal from a cap that didn't make it below the porch before they touched it off.
I had an instructor throw one (in the form of a grenade fuse) at me at Combat Engineer school. I was standing under a tree eating something disgusting out of a green tin can. The ground was sandy, so I just put my boot on the thing and continued eating. *pop*. :-)
I remember bombs being diffused in a CA starbucks yesterday.
LOL! I was thinking forgot bait myself :)
The first thing I thought was that someone was going "fishing", or had just disposed of them by throwing them in the water.
Here's more about it from KABC:
Reportedly, the explosives are not dangerous enough to blow up yachts or homes.
"They are commercial-grade blasting caps used to cause explosions like for mines and things like that," Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department told reporters. "The situation is very serious. They are concussion-type explosive devices, as opposed to fragmentation type.
"This was our concern, (that) they were attached to a bigger explosive device. There's probably six to eight or more out there.
"They are very unstable in salt water. They do pose a threat to the divers, any swimmers, any boaters in the area," Amormino said.
"We want to know how they got here, how many of them are out there,"
I am down there all the time and there is nearly always a big ship there.
Maybe. Seems like an awfully conspicuous location for fishing with kaboomite, though.
If I had to hazard a guess, I'd venture that someone had them lying around for years, and figured the least troublesome way to get rid of them was to chuck them in the harbor.
Hopefully its nothing our esteemed news media has been known to refer to firecrackers as explosives.
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