Skip to comments.Person Briefed on Probe: Bombs in Pressure Cookers (Boston)
Posted on 04/16/2013 9:33:09 AM PDT by kristinn
A person briefed on the Boston Marathon investigation says the explosives were in 6-liter pressure cookers and placed in black duffel bags.
The person says the explosives were placed on the ground and contained shards of metal, nails and ball bearings.
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Time to ban pressure cookers.
Thanks for that insight.
Someone planned to do maximum damage . Very similar to a Claymore mine,
using ball bearings to cover a blast area.
A common type of explosive used in Afghanistan from what I’m hearing.
When Pressure cookers are outlawed, only outlaws will have pressure cookers
And don’t even get me started on the Fry Baby Jr. or the George Foreman grill...
I’m guessing that the pressure cooker acts to keep the explosive gases in check up to a point so that when they finally blow there is more force involved. Maybe this is super obvious to all anyway but I dunno, maybe not.
A law enforcement source told CBS News that one of the explosive devices appears to have been placed in a metal pressure cooker (a metal kitchen pot with a locked down top) which had been placed in a black nylon bag or backpack. Investigators also found pieces of an electronic circuit board possibly indicating a timer was used in the detonation of the bomb.
A law enforcement official told CBS News that the two bombs that exploded were made to look like discarded property. It is still unknown if one or both bombs were in garbage cans. One may have been on the sidewalk.
The bombs were described as "low explosive," but with "anti-personnel" packing. This is consistent with doctors reporting shrapnel pulled from victims. The official said there were apparently things like BB's, ball bearings and nails in the bombs.
While the explosions were fairly large, the bombs were made of "low explosives," the official said. Right now bomb experts do not think that plastic explosives were involved.
Time to ban pressure. And cookers. And ball bearings. And nails. And shards of metal.
Anyone with shop scrap is a potential terrorist.
Or register them.
Will I have to register my pressure cooker, now? Can I pass it on to my kids without any background checks??
You’ll pry my George Foreman Grill away from my cold, dead hands...
If registering pressure-cooker owners saves even one life, it's worth it. Do it now ... for the children!
Same principle as pipe bomb and smokeless powder firearms. There needs to be pressure to have an explosion. Broadens the range of materials that are suitable as a "propellant." Might even work with matchheads.
It is a variation on a pipe bomb with the advantages that it will hold a larger volume than a pipe bomb and doesnt look like one either.
If you found a pressure cooker in a backpack would you immediately think Its a Bomb!!!
Low explosive (versus high-explosive) would equate to black powder. The amount of smoke also would be consistant with black powder.
If that turns out to be the case, stand by for black powder to be added to a background check bill.
I was just looking at an All American 21 1/2 qt...
I bet that put me on a “list”.
An old pressure cooker?? or a new one??
Perhaps very traceable if bought in a store rather than a Goodwill....
Low explosives would include black powder (nowadays black powder substitute) or smokeless powder. The latter will only explode if confined and permitted to build up pressure.
Guess they’ll be going after rifle and pistol powders next?
Alternately, the air-tight seal could contain the odor of the explosives, so bomb-sniffing dogs would not smell them.
If this was out in the open...someone could/would/might have noticed it.
Were there any used for a food stop??