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La. town evacuates; police relocate explosives
Yahoo News ^ | 12/03/2012 | HOLBROOK MOHR and KEVIN McGILL

Posted on 12/04/2012 6:55:17 AM PST by Elderberry

Edited on 12/04/2012 7:02:42 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

DOYLINE, La. (AP) Weather could complicate the transfer of roughly 6 million pounds of explosives that were haphazardly stored at an industrial site in northwestern Louisiana and led to the evacuation of a small town, a state police spokeswoman said Monday.


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The M6 propellant is equivalent to TNT in its explosive potential.
1 posted on 12/04/2012 6:55:22 AM PST by Elderberry
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To: Elderberry

How many megatons was that again???


2 posted on 12/04/2012 6:58:06 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Elderberry

Isn’t this propellant hydroscopic? Once wet, it cannot explode, like black powder?


3 posted on 12/04/2012 7:00:09 AM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: Hardraade

3KiloTons


4 posted on 12/04/2012 7:02:45 AM PST by Elderberry
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To: pabianice

It’s smokeless powder so it will still explode when wet.


5 posted on 12/04/2012 7:04:32 AM PST by Elderberry
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To: Hardraade

3 kilotons is my estimate. Not quite Hiroshima but enough to screw up your garden party.


6 posted on 12/04/2012 7:04:46 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Elderberry

Same area the “meteor” and the “munitions bunker” explosions.


7 posted on 12/04/2012 8:02:29 AM PST by machogirl (First they came for my tagline, (it's back). 2008, the Decline of America)
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To: Elderberry

My uncle used to tell me of the big explosion at the DuPont plant in Old Hickory, Tennessee. Here is something I found on it.

http://www.oldhickoryrecord.com/volfire.htm

40 Million Pounds of Powder Once Blew Up Here -
Problem of Storage After War Troubled Some; No Powder Here Now

Old Hickory News - 15th Anniversary Souvenir

What to do with the finished powder left here after the Armistice was a source of great concern to those persons in charge of closing operations. Much of it was shipped away but there was still enough in Old Hickory to blow lots of people to kingdom come. Various methods of storing the powder were utilized, with an eye to preservation and safety.

One particular building was taken over, far down behind the present plants, close to the river, and forty million pounds put there. This entire amount went up in smoke with a complete loss, but there was no damage or jar as might be expected for such an occurrence.

An N.I.C. official describes it as simply a big, sudden “whoof” of smoke with no real explosion. He says that the manner in which the powder was stored prevented any serious blast.

Another forty million pounds which had first been placed in a building in similar manner was moved at the Government’s request when age began to have its effect. This quantity was transferred to the raw water basins of the filter plant and sunk beneath the water where it could be better preserved.

Today there is no powder in Old Hickory. The last amount was removed from the basins several years ago and there are no longer any fears that the village will be rocked by a tremendous explosion such as some people expected in the past.


8 posted on 12/04/2012 8:59:53 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: Elderberry

6 million?

wowza


9 posted on 12/04/2012 10:49:42 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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