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Oh Noes, It's a terrorist...

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by R-Rizzo, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. R-Rizzo

    R-Rizzo NW Oregon Member

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    Posted: Aug 15, 2011 8:08 AM Updated: Aug 15, 2011 8:23 AM By FOX 12 Staff - email

    Astoria. Ore. -- Police and firefighters in Astoria say a 70-year-old man was storing several thousand rounds of ammunition and reloading supplies in an apartment that caught on fire over the weekend.

    Crews responded to a report of smoke coming from a duplex in Astoria on Saturday night. While extinguishing the fire, crews found some questionable items. Investigators with Astoria police and the Oregon State Police returned to the scene on Sunday. That's when they found several thousand rounds of ammunition, reloading supplies, and several cylinders.

    Police say the cylinders can be used to make pipe bombs - or watertight caches used to store documents or other items. The man who lives in the apartment says that's what he was making.

    Police say nothing inside the apartment was illegal, though some of the ammunition and reloading supplies were turned over to OSP for disposal because of the risk associated with fire and water damage.

    Investigators say the cause of the fire was spontaneous combustion from some old or damaged smokeless powder. Astoria police say this is a good reminder to anyone using reloading supplies to safely store them in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendation.

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  2. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    $$$$$ to the drain. Glad no one got hurt though.
  3. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    Given the title I of the thread, I thought the article was going to make the guy look crazy. Glad to see it didn't. If he only had smokeless powder around, he probably wasn't making pipe bombs.
  4. moose

    moose northwet coast Well-Known Member

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    That's hard to believe unless he was storing it on his stove top. Powder is extremely stable long term and I have no idea how to 'damage' it.

    Me thinks they are trying hard to make this sound scary.
  5. robertg

    robertg Sandy Oregon Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    "several cylinders?" What the **** are they talking about?
  6. punchinpaper

    punchinpaper Hillsboro New Member

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    If you see me running out of my burning house, I would advise you to try and keep up.
  7. Wood Worker

    Wood Worker Linn County Oregon Active Member

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    Perhaps his smokeless powder was damaged by nitric acid.
    Or he had a pile of single base and double base propellants all mixed up on a hot surface, and they began to degrade and created heat etc.

    I am glad no one was hurt.