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Sonic boom? Shallow earthquake?

Locals in Saffron Walden, Essex, called 999 at 8pm on Sunday to report an earthquake after homes shook, furniture moved and windows rattled. Two loud bangs resounded through the medieval town, prompting suggestions that there had been a plane crash or a meteorite landing nearby.

Noises were heard as far as six miles away in Thaxted and residents of Haverhill, Cambs., 13 miles away reported thuds, moving furniture and shaking houses.

via Market town shaken by “unexplained” loud bangs | swns.com

I once experienced a shallow earthquake in the Spokane, Washington area that fits this description perfectly. A terrific, really loud bang accompanied by shaking of the house and rattling of dishes in the cupboard. We thought there had been an explosion.

January 18, 2011 Posted by | Explosion, Strange | Comments Off on Sonic boom? Shallow earthquake?

The robots are coming! The robots are coming!

Denver police swung into action Wednesday afternoon closing off a 100 yard safety zone as the city faced a harrowing robot threat that shut down part of the city for more than two hours.

It all began when a citizen reported a possible deadly robot glued to a pillar on a footbridge. The eight inch tall, white plastic  terror of Denver (maybe an advance scout for a robot invasion ?) was “rendered safe” by a bomb-squad robot and examination showed that there was no public danger.

But seriously, folks, if this little guy had been packed with one of the newer, more powerful explosives, it could have done considerable damage and the police action was justified.


Tip of the hat to Technudge.

December 3, 2010 Posted by | cops, Explosion | Comments Off on The robots are coming! The robots are coming!

It seemed like a good idea at the time…

A German who tried to fix his leaky air mattress blew up his apartment instead, the fire brigade in the western city of Duesseldorf said Wednesday.

The 45-year-old man used tire repair solvent to plug a hole in his airbed and left it overnight.

But it blew up when he went to inflate it the next day. “A spark from the electric air pump ignited it,” a fire brigade spokesman said.

The blast pushed his living room wall into the building’s stairwell and caused extensive damage to walls, windows and furniture.

via Man tries to fix airbed

July 15, 2009 Posted by | accident messes, Dumb Stuff, Explosion | Comments Off on It seemed like a good idea at the time…

A ‘hole in the clouds’

This image of an exploding volcano was captured from the ISS which happened to be positioned directly above an eruption of Sarychev Peak on a remote Russian north Pacific island.

The white cap on the eruption is caused “…the rapid rising and then cooling of the air directly above the ash column. When moist, warm air rises quickly it creates a cloud.”

More pictures and an article at   Mail Online.

June 25, 2009 Posted by | Explosion, Great Pictures, NASA | , | Comments Off on A ‘hole in the clouds’

The case of the exploding bulls

Seven bulls exploded and caught fire after power lines fell on a dairy farm in New Zealand.

The incident happened north of Auckland at Wilks Road farm.

Dave Taylor, who leases the farm, said he got a phone call from his father who was driving along the motorway, telling him his cows were exploding.

via Metro.co.uk.

June 1, 2009 Posted by | accident messes, crazy, Explosion | | 2 Comments

Darwin Award candidate

A teenager playing hide-and-seek got more than he bargained for when the shed he hid in was booby-trapped with explosives.

The 14-year-old intruder ignored a warning sign in the window and snuck into the outhouse in Hesse, Germany, triggering an explosive charge set by the door.

Owner Hermann Schumann, 78, had set the trap to keep out intruders but has since been charged with firearms offences.

via Daily Star

April 14, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Explosion | 1 Comment

Either the luckiest or the unluckiest man in Japan. You decide.

A 93-year-old Japanese man has become the first person certified as a survivor of both U.S. atomic bombings at the end of World War II, officials said Tuesday.

Tsutomu Yamaguchi had already been a certified “hibakusha,” or radiation survivor, of the Aug. 9, 1945, atomic bombing in Nagasaki, but has now been confirmed as surviving the attack on Hiroshima three days earlier as well, city officials said.

Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip on Aug. 6, 1945, when a U.S. B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on the city. He suffered serious burns to his upper body and spent the night in the city. He then returned to his hometown of Nagasaki just in time for the second attack, city officials said.

“As far as we know, he is the first one to be officially recognized as a survivor of atomic bombings in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” Nagasaki city official Toshiro Miyamoto said.

via  Boston.com.

March 24, 2009 Posted by | Explosion, Strange | Comments Off on Either the luckiest or the unluckiest man in Japan. You decide.

Darwin Award runnerup

A cemetery worker found bullets at a burial ground and discharged one by striking it with a metal punch, shooting himself in the arm, DeLand police said Friday.

Howard Sheppard, 30, of Deltona was treated for a bullet wound to the left arm at Florida Hospital DeLand, a police report states. The injury was not considered life-threatening.

via West Volusia News

Incidentally, it was a cartridge that he discharged, not a bullet. A bullet is the projectile. I can’t recall ever seeing a news item or a TV report where they got that right.

January 14, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Explosion | 1 Comment

The smoke test in action

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “The smoke test in action“, posted with vodpod

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Explosion | | Comments Off on The smoke test in action

This 3rd time definitely not a charm

Link to Ohio house explodes 3rd time in 7 years

Investigators say a house explosion near the eastern Ohio town of Knoxville was the third such blast on the property in seven years.

A man who owns the home was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital burn unit after the explosion Thursday night.

Emergency responders told WTOV-TV the blast was followed by 10 more explosions from what they believe was ammunition and fuel inside the home. A neighbor reported feeling the impact of the blast more than a mile away.

August 9, 2008 Posted by | Explosion, Strange | | Comments Off on This 3rd time definitely not a charm

That’ll show them…KABOOM!

Pensioner destroys flats to kill ants

A Polish pensioner destroyed an entire block of flats when he poured insecticide down a ventilation shaft after being driven potty by ants.

Marcin Bartosz, 74, used gallons of insecticide but when it seemed to have no effect on the insects he threw a burning towel after it.

The explosion left the block of flats in Lublin in eastern Poland in ruins and Bartosz in hospital with third degree burns.

Miraculously, none of his neighbours was injured in the accident.

June 14, 2008 Posted by | Explosion | | Comments Off on That’ll show them…KABOOM!

Another Chilean Volcano Picture: Ash and Lightning

After 9,000 years of silence, Chile’s Chaitén volcano (pictured on May 3) is erupting with lava, ash—and lightning (full story).

Since the volcano awoke on May 2, it has continued erupting intermittently, blanketing the area in ash and forcing more than 4,000 people to flee.

National Geographic News Photo Gallery

May 12, 2008 Posted by | Explosion, Great Pictures, Pictures, Scary | , , , | 1 Comment

Fire in the hole!

WCVB Boston

Harvard Square was closed and four buildings evacuated early Friday when several manholes exploded and burned in Cambridge.

Crews were called to the scene near Massachusetts Avenue and Dunster Street about 2:30 a.m. after some kind of cable malfunction sparked the explosions and electrical fires.

Flames were roaring out of four manholes and the immediate area was closed as part of a safety precaution as thick black carbon-monoxide-filled smoke billowed high into the air above the square.

Video here. Be sure to take a look at the raw video footage too.

May 2, 2008 Posted by | Explosion, Scary | , | 1 Comment

Man! That anvil blows me away!

live missile anvil

Romanian firefighters were shocked after a farmer was spotted using an unexploded missile as an anvil. The 122mm calibre missile, discovered by the man in his garden in Puieni village, Giurgiu county,a few months ago, had been used for sharpening hoes and scythes.

Explosive specialists said the missile was still active and endangered not only the farmer’s family but also his neighbours.

A spokesman for the firefighters said: “We’ve had many problems because of these unexploded bombs which have been in the ground since the Second World War but this is really crazy. How can you hit a bomb with the hammer? It could have exploded any time.”

April 10, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Explosion | Comments Off on Man! That anvil blows me away!

Big Bang…no, not that one, this one.

More at KARE 11 TV

picture-5.jpg It may have started as a goofy stunt, but tonight a 30 year old Red Wing [Minnesota] area man is in hot water with authorities, after detonating a powerful bomb in back of his home yesterday afternoon. “When you can take a steel box, a dump truck box, turn it into scrap metal and send it 1/4 mile away… that’s a bomb,” reasoned Goodhue County Sheriff Dean Albers, whose detectives are investigating the case.

The suspect admits buying 100 pounds of an explosive material advertised as ‘Tannerite’ from an internet website. The compound is most commonly used by long range target shooters, who aim at 8 ounce cans and know they’ve hit their mark when they explode. The suspect’s device was the equivalent of 200 of those cans. “He had placed it inside of a barell inside the bed of an old dump truck, and shot it it with a 50 caliber rifle from 300 yards away,” explained Albers.

January 18, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Explosion | Comments Off on Big Bang…no, not that one, this one.

Bang-up homework


atomic_blast.jpg A Russian chemistry student sparked a terrorist alert when he blew up part of a dormitory doing his homework. Sergei Makarenko, 20, was mixing chemicals at the Moscow State University dormitory as part of a study project when the explosion happened.

A spokesman for police who rushed to the scene fearing an extremist group had carried out a terrorist attack, said: “It was as if someone had let a bomb off.”

Student Andrey Kruschev said: “We all thought it was a terrorist attack at the time. I guess sometimes even homework can be dangerous.”

January 16, 2007 Posted by | Explosion, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bang-up homework