Skip to comments.Box left at woman's door explodes (Home owned by oil company exec)
Posted on 07/10/2010 6:36:36 AM PDT by Willie Green
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Local and federal investigators were at a northwest Houston home Friday night where an explosion sent a woman to the hospital.
The woman was opening a package left at her doorstep in the 2100 block of Seamist Court Friday evening. She had found the shoe-sized box in front of her home about a day ago but didn't decide to open it until around 6:30pm Friday.
The woman was transported to Northwest Memorial Hospital with facial injuries that are not life-threatening.
Officials with the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, as well as the Houston Police Department's homicide and bomb squad were at the scene investigating.
It wasn't immediately clear whether the house was targeted, however, Eyewitness News found out the home is owned by an oil company executive.
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On the news last night they said she took it inside but didn’t open it. the next day she took it outside to open it. She must have suspected something was not right but then why did she open it? Strange.
An article at the Houston Chronicle says that she had the box for several weeks, but hadn’t opened it because she didn’t know who it was from.
Domestic terrorism? Hate crime?
This is what Napolitano and DHS has been warning us about, I bet they get right on this.
Only took 20 years to catch Unibomber, after all, and he targeted enemies of Progressives too.
She didn’t want to get blood on the carpeting.
t she had the box for several weeks, but hadnt opened it because she didnt know who it was from.
That's pretty strange too.
Thats crazy strange. Who picks up a closed box on their doorstep or anywhere and doesn’t find out whats in it right away?
In these times, if I find a strange box at my doorstep, I check with my family members to see if they know anything about it. If not, I call the police.
You’re right. It is strange. It sounds as though she kept it outside, since there’s debris on the roof and in the yard. Can’t imagine why she’d open it after all that time.
If you got a package with no FedEx or UPS or USPS stickers, and you were not expecting anything, would you open it? If you were a BP exec wife would you?
Long ago I took a course in anti-kidnap, antiterror awareness. I don’t ever use the “free samples” that show up, and I still have the “how to recognize a letterbomb” card.
One report says she waited a day, another report says a week or so, either way, if they had reservations it should go to the PD, or the PD should come to it.
I hope she’s going to be OK, and that they catch the agent who did this.
And how often have you called the police?
A day,a week,no matter. Any wait at all strikes me as odd. Either she had a reason to open it or not.
I too hope they catch the perp but an intact box probably would yield many more clues.
Obama Youth just doing dear leaders bidding.
I haven’t found a box at my door. As I said, if I find one, I call the police.
This is what happens when an out of control dictator named B Hussein Obama villifies oil company executives.
I am a woman and if I suspected something no power on earth would make me open that box. There goes your argument. ;)
They'll have enough evidence. I watch Forensic Files a lot and it's amazing how they can piece and link things together.
I was hoping this story was about BoxER...as in Barbara.
I live alone so I know what has been ordered.
I have ALL FedUp deliveries made to my work.
#1. They xray all incoming packages and
#2. I live a half block from a middle school.
I don’t trust the heathens to not steal something left on the front porch.
ECO TERRORISTS PING!!
“This is what happens when an out of control dictator named B Hussein Obama villifies oil company executives.”
Bingo and I might add that headlines that obscure the fact that this woman was the wife of an ‘oil company’ exec are what happens when you have a corrupt media doing everything in their power to protect this usurper prez and his commie eco-snot terrorists and thugs! The headline should have lead with the fact that this home was owned by an oil company exec! The media has no problem making up false stories to make the Tea Party look like a bunch of domestic terrorists, but when you have REAL domestic terrorism being done all over this country by the left....they hide the fact in drips and drabs and bury it in fine print at the bottom of the article.
Jeez, where do you work? Los Alamos?
In a situation like this, I wouldn’t start by bothering the police, or anyone else for that matter, unless they are in close proximity to the package, like the next door neighbor, and could be harmed if it is a bomb.
The reason for this is simple: the police are not EOD. And, you really have no idea what they will do. They may (foolishly) pick up the package and shake it; or they may call real EOD who will just blow it up in place—which does wonders for Hummel figurines, btw. Or they might evacuate the entire block, inconveniencing all of your neighbors, and leading many of them to suspect that *you* are a terrorist. Or at least a pain in the rear end.
However, as long as you are a safe distance from the package, time is on your side. As long as those you care about are also at a safe distance.
So the very first thing you should do is to look to see if anyone is loitering in the area, and watching you. If they are, *then*, most definitely, call the police. This is a good indicator that the package may very well have a radio or cell phone detonator, which were all the rage in Iraq, so it is likely a lot of villains know how to make them.
But if all is otherwise quiet, then get a pair of binoculars, which while still at a safe distance, can be used to read any labels or other information on the outside of the package. A good idea in any event, as you can look for any oily or greasy stains on the package, which is a bad sign that something is amiss.
Finally, make yourself a string lasso. Just a tied loop of string, with a long extension. Long enough to go around a block or brick corner. And you can even put masking tape loops around the string loop, to help it grab on to the package when pulled.
Be sure to wear safety glasses. Then, with the loop deployed around the package, and you around the corner, pull slowly on the string until the lasso catches the package, and slowly tugs it away from your door. If it survives, then give the lasso a jerk, which should set off most unstable bombs.
If that doesn’t do anything, you can drag it down a flight of stairs, or just drag it along a bumpy sidewalk for a while. This kind of abuse would set off all but the most sophisticated amateur bombs.
At that point, you can probably yell out: “Honey, your Hummel figurines have arrived!”
What makes this all the funnier, is that in the vast majority of cases, such unmarked packages with ill intent only have feces or roadkill in them.
This is despicable. When you read things like “facial injuries are not life threatening” that still could mean the lady will be horrifically disfigured or even blinded; she might lose her sense of smell or taste or even hearing depending on the injuries. Similarly, when we read of suicide bombings, etc., we will often read about the “deaths” but you never hear of the horrible injuries where people are paralyzed or crippled in hideous ways.
I hope they find the person who did this.
You might want to ask the mod if you can put the fact that this home was owned by an oil company exec in () in the headline. The word of this needs to go viral if the news and papers are going to try and obscure this fact. I almost didn’t read click on the thread thinking it was a domestic dispute of some kind. Thanks for posting this important info.
One time someone put a box on our front porch with a dead cat in it. It was a cat that belonged to an older woman across the street. We figured someone killed it (e.g., hit with car) and thought it belonged to us. I am glad hubby saw the box and not me.
Sigh...UNAbomber bombed UNiversities and Airlines.UNA.
Calling Universities the "enemies of Progressives" pretty well misses the mark. Being a gay steward/stewardess at an airline is hardly unprogressive, either.
Nor did they catch him...he was turned in by his brother.
Yes! I agree. That is an important fact here.
Hearing aids mistaken for explosives
By SCOTT SMITH
Tribune staff writer
ROSSVILLE Wearing a suit reminiscent of the Oscar-winning movie The Hurt Locker, a member of the Indiana State Police bomb squad detonated a box full of hearing aids in Rossville Thursday.
The bomb tech didnt know he was blowing up auditory aids until shortly after the blast, when a local woman came forward, Rossville Town Marshal Travis Harris said.
It was just a person trying to do a good deed and donate something, Harris said. She was very apologetic about it.
Harris said the woman left two small boxes filled with used hearing aids and chargers inside an entryway of the Regions Bank location in Rossville around 9 p.m. Wednesday.
The local Lions Club uses the bank branch as a dropoff point for used hearing aids and eyeglasses.
Harris said the woman thought it would be OK if she left the boxes in the entryway, since the bank was closed for the evening.
But when the bank branch manager arrived for work around 7:30 a.m., wires for the chargers could be seen sticking out of the boxes. Harris said the manager became suspicious and called police.
Bystanders were kept back at a safe distance while bomb techs dragged the boxes into the bank parking lot. The bomb squad covered the boxes and a small charge with a sandbag and blew up the contents.
Harris said the woman, who came forward a short time later, saved police a huge amount of time by explaining what shed done. After the contents of the packages had been detonated, police had no idea what those boxes might have contained, he said.
No charges will be filed in the case, he added.
There was no intent of any kind, he said. It was just unfortunate.
Wouldn’t it be easier to just go take the training that the bomb squad gets then purchase the armor that they wear and diffuse it yourself?
Once upon a time, my daughter’s friend ran over a racoon...she called us on her cell and was all upset. We told her to drive on over the racoon, car goes thump and proceed to your destination. She was literally in tears about hitting this animal. So as a joke, I found an adorable stuffed baby racoon, put it in a shoe box, punched holes in the top.....took this to her house and placed in on the front porch steps. I put a rock on top, as if whatever was inside could get out and left a note. She called me up shrieking.......never put my name on the note, but she knew.
That joke would not play well today.
BTW, she had quite a collection of stuffed racoons when we were all done with this, she took them off to her college dorm room when she went away to school. She just moved into her first home she purchased herself.......the housewarming party was last night...I searched far and wide for a garden statue of a racoon...I am still looking. If anyone knows where I could find one let me know. LOL
Obama needs to be impeached and tried for treason.
Nah, LOL. Just with a security director with an over active imagination. LOL
I am going to send the info to Drudge right now.
The first thing that you do is to take a picture of the box. Move the camera out of the way. If you go, at least there is more evidence.
Yes, you do want to jerk the box with a string. Consider dragging the package at some distance behind your pickup for a mile or two.
Anyway, dunk the package via the string into a swimming pool. Completely submerge the box and wait for the cardboard to dissolve over several days.
You can speed up the process at some additional risk by poking the submerged box with a long stick to prod it open. Not recommended, but better than touching it with your hands.
Once the container/cardboard package has sufficiently dissolved (you can use brake fluid in a bucket instead of water but that makes quite a mess if the contents turn out to be innocent) to see inside, then you can decide if the package is hostile or benign.
Generally if I find a strange box on my porch it has a load of squash from one of my neighbors.....
LOL, there’s so much of it in the neighborhood they’ve resorted to ring and run.....
Thought you might want this one for your ping list. The house belonged to an oil company executive.
Your wish is my command.
Me. Some people are just less curious than others, ya know?
“Generally if I find a strange box on my porch it has a load of squash from one of my neighbors.....
LOL, theres so much of it in the neighborhood theyve resorted to ring and run.....”
BOL! A couple of decades ago a lot of neighbors and friends had gardens and of course squash was a big time production.
We love fresh vegies and fruit and often came home to a box or paper bag of goodies.
Now we have a great farmer’s market twice a week, most of our neighbors/friends now buy their goods at the farmer’s market. It is rare to have the gifts of nature left at home or delivered to my wife’s office.
Yet isn't it funny how he has appointed folks from BP to his Administration (e.g., Stephen Koonin, Undersecretary of Energy for Science was recruited from his Chief Scientist position at BP).
Agreed, but please use brackets instead of parentheses, to indicate it is your own insertion and not part of the headline.