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Boston Bombs possibly made from Pressure Cookers

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by CascadeSam, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. CascadeSam

    CascadeSam Portland Oregon Active Member

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    BOSTON (AP) - The two bombs that ripped through the crowds at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 170, were fashioned out of pressure cookers and packed with shards of metal, nails and ball bearings, a person briefed on the investigation said Tuesday.

    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/51558141/ns/sports/

    --- After reading earlier that some gun-grabbing "officials" said the bombs could have been made from bullets and gun powder I had to post this one.
     
  2. chariot13

    chariot13 Near Eugene/Springfield Well-Known Member

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  3. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    When will they start a campaign to outlaw pressure cookers?
     
  4. CascadeSam

    CascadeSam Portland Oregon Active Member

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    They'll start with limiting purchases to one per month.
     
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  5. Stepside2000

    Stepside2000 Vancouver Member

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    Don't forget the licensing and registration. And they'll want a copy of all the recipes you plan to use it for.:D
     
  6. FourTeeFive

    FourTeeFive PNW Washington State Active Member

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    From that article:

    Sounds like he would enjoy it.
     
  7. CascadeSam

    CascadeSam Portland Oregon Active Member

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    TTAG is reporting:
    Boston Marathon Bomb Packed with Gunpowder, Shrapnel

    “A pressure cooker stuffed with gunpowder and shrapnel caused at least one of the blasts at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured 176 others in the worst attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001,” chicagotribune.com reports. The trib attributes the info to “law enforcement” sources...

    --- Here might be something the gun grabbers want so to call for bans or more regulation on powder.
     
  8. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    It was not gun powder it was TXP or some such kitichen table stuff made from bleach and peroxide?
     
  9. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I bet you the anti gunners will propose legislation limiting purchases of smokeless and blackpowder quantities regardless of whether it was homemade or not... :(

    At least we can honestly say you can't buy ammo or powder in bulk right now... :)
     
  10. chrisk86

    chrisk86 Spokane Member

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    if I'm not mistaken wouldnt there need to be an ignition source to light the powder... As from what I gathered from that quote it sounded like the powder was just sitting in the cooker... I doubt that the pressure in the cooker would be great enough to cause the powder to ignite. So even if there was powder it would have played no part in the explosion unless there was a source to light the powder
     
  11. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    The pressure cooker is just used as a container that can withstand the pressure of the slow burning blackpowder or smokeless powder long enough to let pressure build to a slightly heigher velocity. The container itself also becomes more shrapnel. Gunpowder is a low velocity explosive and that is why there were not as many injuries or deaths. The first people to get hit essentially absorbed the force of the explosion and the projectiles did not have enough weight or velocity to perforate multiple victims. If you have ever seen an IED made from an artillery round, an anti tank mine, or just a stick of C4 go off, you would realize how lucky we are that this terrorist only had access to low velocity explosives. The construction of the trash cans, if the bombs were placed inside trash cans as reported, would also either enhance the explosions effect or diminish it. Putting explosives in trash cans was quite popular in Europe as the can would become the shrapnel. A trash can such as this one would allow the explosive force to vent and would not create shrapnel if a low velocity explosive is used. Use C4 or TNT and all bets are off.

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  12. Rotty

    Rotty Skagit County Active Member

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    I came across this article on the Druge report.

    Boston Marathon bombs similar to 'lone wolf' devices, experts say - CNN.com

    Based on the articles it sounds to me like the explosive devices used have a middle eastern influence tied to them. I'm not saying the Middle East had anything to do with it but the recipe and recommendations sound like they originate from there.